A transgender woman is suing the Miss America Pageant after being turned away from competition, claiming the rule requiring contestants to be “natural born” females to enter.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that 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, however, her application was rejected.
Her lawsuit claims that the pageant policy is discriminatory because it denies her full and equal advantages and privileges of the competition, in violation of Oregon’s public accommodation laws.
The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore.
It contends that even though the pageant is based in Nevada and is a private business, the way it operates requires pageant officials to follow Oregon public accommodation laws.
The suit asks a judge to order Miss United States of America pageants to end its alleged discriminatory policy and remove restrictions that prevent transgender candidates from competing.