Miss USA 2012 Supports Transgender Rights
June 4, 2012 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist
Newly crowned Miss USA 2012 is a supporter of transgender rights.
Olivia Culpo – a 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island – was asked, “Would it be fair if a transgender woman won the Miss USA title?” during the pageant’s final interview round.
"I do think it would be fair…” because “there are so many people who have a need to change for a happier life. I do accept that because I believe it's a free country."
The question followed the Miss Universe Organization’s recent decision to admit transgender contestants. After a controversial disqualification was overturned, Jenna Talackova competed for the Miss Universe Canada crown last month, where she finished in the Top 12 and earned the title “Miss Congeniality."
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