“(Transgender women) should have their own pageant, I think, and maybe they can realize in this pageant, Miss Universe, or the other pageants [were] made for women. They are… they have the opportunity, but I think that they have to compete with the same… the same team. Right?” (Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler.)
Isler made the statement above, and others that echo it, in an interview with the Huffington Post this week. It drew condemnation from LGBTQ quarters, who were quick to point out that Isler’s views contradict those of the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Organization, which in 2012 began allowing transwomen to compete.
In Isler’s words, we see the mental segregation of women into two hierarchical categories: real and trans. Real women become Miss Universe, as she has, and transwomen have their own contest where she doesn’t have to see them.