I've now an eye on the big picture: winning the hearts and minds of those not quite on board with trans people. If this involves embracing something seemingly shallow, so be it. My hat goes off to Jenna for opening some doors we couldn't have done easily otherwise.
While Allred's assertion of Talackova's gender as valid and important is reassuring, the argument that because Talackova has "appropriate" identity documents, her status as a woman is more valid than it would be without them is frustrating for many transgender and gender-variant people.
The Miss Universe organization needs to make a public statement saying that it is working to revise its policy once and for all so that the competition is open to all women, and it must set a deadline for the written revision of the policy.
Do transgender people have the right to dream? This is what comes up for me most predominantly when I think about the recent disqualification of Jenna Talackova from competing in Miss Universe Canada because she is, in their words, not a "natural born female."