An Oregon transgender woman is suing Miss USA pageants, saying its rule that limits competition to “natural born female” is a form of gender discrimination.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Anita Green of Clackamas, Oregon, holds the title of 2019 Miss Earth Elite Oregon and competed in the 2018 Miss Montana contest.
He applied to participate in the Miss United States of America pageant last year but his application was rejected.
According to the lawsuit, this policy is discriminatory because it denied him the full and equal advantages and privileges of the defendant’s services in violation of Oregon’s public accommodations law.
The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon.
Though the Nevada-based pageant is a private business, the suit contends that the way it operates requires it to follow Oregon public accommodation law.