United States of America Pageants can exclude trans contestants, court rules
Miss Montana rehearses onstage during the 2015 Miss USA Pageant rehearsals at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 11, 2015, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. - Erika Goldring/Getty Images North America/TNS

A pageant operator in the U.S. can ban transgender contestants, an appeals court in San Francisco ruled this week. In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that United States of America Pageants (USOA) can continue to exclude trans women who want to compete in their pageants, in accordance with a rule that states that only “natural born” women qualify to compete. The case made its way to court in late 2019 after Anita Green, an Oregon-born contestant, filed a lawsuit against Miss United States of America — which does business as USOA and has no connection to Miss USA — sa...