A transgender beauty queen who won a battle to compete for the Miss Universe crown after originally being ousted from the competition will lead Vancouver’s pride parade.
Jenna Talackova was temporarily banned from competing in Miss Universe Canada but after threatening legal action succeeded in changing the rules of the competition so that future transgender women can freely take part in the beauty pageant.
The Vancouverite will be one of three grand marshals to take part in the Canadian city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival on 5 August.
Local gay sports pioneer Bill Monroe will also join Talackova as a marshal, as well as, posthumously, community activist David Holtzman, who died in Palm Springs in April.
Talackova was reinstated as a contestant in Miss Universe Canada after threats of legal action and a public Twitter-spat with Donald Trump, who sponsors the awards.
Athough she was not one of the four runners-up, she made into into the top-12 semi-finalists and won the Miss Congeniality award with Kylee Apers, Maria Julia Nahri and Maria Cecilia Nicholas.