Transgender Woman in Oregon Sues Miss USA Pageant

December 20, 2019

An Oregon transgender woman is suing Miss USA pageants, saying its rule that limits competition to “natural born female” is a form of gender discrimination.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Anita Green of Clackamas, Oregon, holds the title of 2019 Miss Earth Elite Oregon and competed in the 2018 Miss Montana contest. She applied to participate in the Miss United States of America pageant last year but her application was rejected.

This policy is discriminatory because it denied her the full and equal advantages and privileges of the defendant’s services in violation of Oregon’s public accommodations law, the lawsuit says.

The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon.

Though the Nevada-based pageant is a private business, the suit contends that the way it operates requires it to follow Oregon public accommodation law.

The suit asks a judge to order Miss United State of America pageants to end its alleged discriminatory policy and remove its restriction that prevents transgender candidates from competing.

Messages left for the Nevada-based United States of America pageant weren’t immediately returned.

Green was the first openly transgender contestant in the Miss Montana USA pageant and the third openly transgender contestant ever to compete in a Miss Universe pageant program.

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  • December 30, 2019 at 3:37 pm
    MightyQuinn says:
    Seriously, this is a discussion topic??? A pageant with transgenders is akin to a bad 30's sci fi pic. Bottom line is that Miss/Mrs anything pageants are held for men, not wom... read more
  • December 27, 2019 at 11:12 am
    FFA says:
    ??? you may very well be right. What I dont need is some random internet stranger branding me a bigot cause I got the wrong pronoun. That special brand of McCarthyism - you do... read more
  • December 27, 2019 at 8:38 am
    ??? says:
    FFA, That's the real point on trans and gender identity.. Most people won't force you or fight your opinion on gender, but at the very least it's well worth reading into vario... read more

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