THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Sorry, but you couldn’t be more wrong! As I came to realize myself, we couldn’t BUY the kind of widespread positive publicity and good will directed our way as a result of transgender contestant Jenna Talackova’s participation in the Miss Universe Canada pageant.
Vancouver, BC (Canada) LGBT rights activist Jamie Lee Hamilton: “I respect her for that [entering the pageant after being outed], but really she was entering a beauty contest that has never done anything for the gay, lesbian and transgendered community.”
Hamilton says more deserving of the honor are LGBT activists fighting the spread of HIV or those pushing for the inclusion of SRS in medical coverage. Clearly, all people who participate actively for the betterment of our community are deserving of this honor. What we should not be doing is start setting criteria that must be met before one can be a grand marshal — trans people, especially, tire of having to meet criteria for one thing or another.
The other thing — reaching the masses through popular culture is something that works really well — almost too well. The whole trans thing is a bit hard for some in our society to swallow, so if it goes down better with a beauty pageant, serve it up, I say!
I previously wrote about Jenna Talackova for The Huffington Post: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/courtney-odonnell-why-i-did-an-about-face-and-boarded-the-jenna-talackova-pr-train/
More about the Vancouver BC Pride Parade: Transgender beauty contestant to lead Vancouver Pride parade – British Columbia – CBC News.
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