By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com April 10 2012 1:40 PM ET
Thanks to the urging of GLAAD, Donald Trump's Miss Universe organization is in the process of changing their rules to allow transgender women to compete for the crown.
The new policy comes after transgender contestant Jenna Talackova sued after being disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada contest. Talackova was later allowed to compete by Miss Universe officials. And starting in the fall of 2013, all transgender women will be allowed in the global competition.
“For more than two weeks, the Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Trump made it clear to GLAAD that they were open to making a policy change to include women who are transgender,” GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick said in a statement. “We appreciate that he and his team responded swiftly and appropriately. The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics, NCAA, the Girl Scouts of America and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model."