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Transgender Woman Kylan Wenzel to Compete in Miss California USA Pageant

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Following the path forged by Miss Universe Canada finalist Jenna Talackova, Kylan Arianna Wenzel will take the stage Saturday in pursuit of the Miss California USA crown.

Wenzel will be the first transgender woman to compete in a Miss Universe Organization pageant since Talackova’s challenge last spring. Donald Trump eventually eliminated the rule requiring contestants to be “naturally born female.”

Wenzel’s journey has been profiled this week in Frontiers magazine. Transgender advocate Janet Mock tweeted her well-wishes earlier today.

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