Court Rules Miss USA Pageant Can Ban Transgender Contestants

Looks like queen winning this crown has to be a biological woman!
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Miss America Contestants in swimsuits attends 2014 Miss America News Competition - Preliminary Round 3 at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 12, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Miss United States Of America pageant can ban transgender contestants, according to a ruling handed down by a federal appeals court.
  • Transgender pageant hopeful Anita Green filed a lawsuit claiming that the organizers’ limiting of participants in the pageant to biological women violated a non-discrimination policy in her home state of Oregon.
  • “I felt as though the organization was saying I am not a woman and I’m not woman enough,” Green said. In addition to transgender women, the pageant also bans any participants who have posed nude, as well as mothers.
  • “The panel concluded that forcing the Pageant to accept Green as a participant would fundamentally alter the Pageant’s expressive message in direct violation of the First Amendment.” the ruling read.

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