- When pressed about transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova, who was first disqualified from Miss Universe and then re-qualified following an uproar, pageant co-owner Donald Trump bragged that Jenna’s lawyer Gloria Allred would be “very impressed” with his anatomy, if he were forced to prove his gender. EW. [New York Daily News]
- Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi-American, was murdered last month in an attack that police, and the country at large, thought was an anti-Muslim hate crime. But new documents obtained suggest family violence — of some sort — in the California woman’s death. Alawadi was supposedly planning to divorce her husband and move out of state when she was killed. Her 17-year-old daughter was also “distraught” over a forced, arranged marriage to a cousin. Police haven’t implicated anyone in particular in the murder, but are supposedly less certain the death was a simple hate crime. [UTS San Diego]
- Etsy.com and Hacker School have announced 10 grants of $5,000 each to women in technology who’d like to attend the 2012 summer session of Hacker School in Brooklyn, New York. [Etsy.com] Keep reading »
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Jenna Talackova is a 23-year-old, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Miss Canada pageant queen, who’s probably not much different than her fellow pageant competitors — except that that she was born a boy. Talackova says she knew she was in the wrong body by the time she was 4, and began living as a girl (and undergoing hormone therapy) at the age of 14. By 19, she had gender reassignment surgery, and was making the rounds on the pageant circuit. In 2010 she was a finalist in Thailand’s Miss International Queen, a pageant specifically for transsexuals.
But Talackova wanted more — and so she applied to and competed in the Miss Universe Canada competition. Keep reading »