Transgenders in Ms. Universe

I didn’t know how to react when I first read this news…

Donald Trump’s Miss Universe contest on Tuesday threw open its doors to transgender models, allowing men who have had a sex change the chance to be crowned the world’s most beautiful woman.

The transgender contestants will be able to strut their stuff in the international beauty championships starting in 2013, while pioneering sex-change model Jenna Talackova will be allowed to take part this year, said gay and transgender rights organization GLAAD.

“The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics,” said Herndon Graddick, a spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
“At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal opportunities in housing, employment and medical care, today’s decision is in line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the country.”(excerpts from Yahoo News)

Some say that allowing transgenders to enter Ms. Universe is changing the idea of what makes up a typical Ms. Universe. The rules of Ms. Universe say entrants must be “naturally born” females so it’s very clear that those who underwent sex change are not qualified. Hmmm…

I agree that the essence of being beautiful has nothing to do with gender. But if Donald Trump’s New York City-based organization will allow transgenders, then they should take away all the restrictions and allow Moms, single Moms, unwed Moms, or parolees who are beautiful, smart and full of confidence to join Ms. Universe. This is about equality for all women anyway.

Spying in High Heels…I Want to Read It!

Yes, I want to read Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday. I love romance and suspense novels and with these two genres combined in one book, I know I would be fascinated.

Short Snippet:

“L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears – along with $20 million in embezzled funds – and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD’s sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300 pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her…”

Currently, Gemma Halliday, film and television actress turned writer, has six books and 2 short stories in her High Heels series…

Spying in High Heels
Killer in High Heels
Undercover in High Heels
Christmas in High Heels – short story
Alibi in High Heels
Mayhem in High Heels
Sweetheart in High Heels – short story
Fearless in High Heels

I want to read them all!