Transgender woman wins place to compete for Miss USA

A transgender woman who won the Miss Nevada USA pageant will soon become the first openly transgender Miss USA contestant…

Donning a rainbow sequined gown she designed herself, Kataluna Enriquez accepted the crown toward the end of Pride Month, and will compete in the Miss USA pageant in November.

The Filipina-American is a fashion designer and healthcare administrator. A biography on the Miss Silver State USA’s Instagram mentions Enriquez is a survivor of physical and sexual abuse who “aims to break barriers and represent those who aren’t always represented and continues to support numerous non-profit organizations and LGBTQ+ youth.”…

Enriquez began competing in transgender pageants in 2016, and began competing in cisgender pageants in 2020. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal after her win, Enriquez said she wasn’t allowed to use either boys’ or girls’ restrooms, and faced bullying by her classmates over her gender identity.

“Growing up, I was often told that I was not allowed to be myself, or to be in spaces that I was not welcome,” she said. “Today I am a proud transgender woman of color. Personally, I’ve learned that my differences do not make me less than, it makes me more than.”

Bravo! A victory for a strong-willed human being. A victory for organizations ready to join the 21st Century.

One thought on “Transgender woman wins place to compete for Miss USA

  1. 2minHate says:

    During a rally of his supporters in Arizona former President Donald Trump pivoted from claiming he won last November’s election to the idea of choosing only transgender women for a potential female sports team and then speculated how LeBron James would perform as trans athlete in women’s sports.

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