Anita Noelle Green, transgender woman, loses her suit against Miss United States of America Pageant.
Judge dismisses transgender woman’s suit against Miss United States of America pageant
Updated Mar 01, 2021; Posted Feb 25, 2021
And the winner is: Miss United States of America.
A federal judge Thursday threw out a lawsuit by a transgender woman who accused the private pageant corporation of discrimination for denying her the right to participate in competitions.
U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman found that the pageant association cannot be required to allow a transgender woman to participate in light of its mission to promote “natural-born” females.
“I view it as an association that cannot under the Constitution be required to allow plaintiff to participate in what defendant says is a contradiction of that message,” Mosman ruled from the bench.
Anita Noelle Green of Clackamas said she was disappointed in the ruling but that her suit drew attention to an important bias issue even if it wasn’t ultimately successful.
“This case brought awareness to an issue many people were and still are unaware of and that issue is that discrimination against transgender people is still actively happening in the private and public sector even within the pageant circuit,” Green said in a statement.
Green holds the title of 2019 Miss Earth Elite Oregon and competed in the 2018 Miss Montana contest.
She applied to participate in the Miss United States of America national pageant in 2019 but her application was rejected.
“This policy, intentionally designed to exclude the specific class to which plaintiff belongs – transgender females – is discriminatory because it denied plaintiff the full and equal advantages and privileges of defendant’s services in violation of Oregon’s public accommodations law,’’ her suit alleged.