I can’t find any other reason as to why the Miss Universe Organization is allowing transgenders to enter the pageant next year, aside from this: “We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”
This is a pageant that had previously threatened to dethrone Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado for being overweight. It also disallowed Miss Guam 1999 from joining the competition that year because she was rumored to have been pregnant at the time. Delegates must also be single, never had been married, and no older than 27.
There are also the national pageant rules which include height requirements. In the Philippines, having posed for a men’s magazine such as Playboy or FHM is a sure way to get you axed from the official list of contestants. I don’t even think you can be born in another country or have citizenship issues, hence the dethronement of Anjanette Abayari (1991) and Janelle Bautista (1999). Venus Raj (2010) almost met the same fate but fought to be reinstated.
If you think allowing transgenders to join MU almost sounds like it is unfair to naturally born women, it’s because it is. If the Miss Universe Organization is truly serious about supporting equality for all women, then it should dissolve itself: there’s no equality in pitting them against one another so you can crown just one lady while the rest get flowers and a sash.
You can’t make everyone a winner. If you do, then that’s not a competition.