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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Transgender Girl in the running for Miss England

New life: Jackie Green was the youngest person in Britain to undergo a sex change two years ago

An inspirational teenager from Leeds, Jackie Green, is hoping to become the first transsexual woman to win the Miss England crown. Jackie, who’s 18, was born as Jack, but always knew she should have been a girl: she therefore took the brave decision to have gender reassignment surgery two years ago, becoming the youngest person in the UK to receive a full sex change. Although her parents supported her choices, Jackie suffered severe bullying when she was younger, which makes her decision to compete in such a public arena all the more admirable. 

Of course, a beauty contest such as ‘Miss England’ may not be to everyone’s tastes, and issues of female objectification remain as prevalent in society as ever. However, the contest is clearly an empowering platform for Jackie, publicly highlighting and strengthening her identity as a girl. Hopefully her experiences may inspire confidence in other young women who don’t feel they meet traditional ‘beauty queen’ criteria. It’s also great to see a prominent organisation showing acceptance and understanding of the transgender community, especially when compared to the controversy surrounding Bobby Montoya and her desire to join the Girl Scouts.  

According to the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, Jackie’s currently leading her competition heat; let’s hope she gets to the final! 

You can read more about Jackie here, and learn about the Miss England contest here

-Chloe Grant
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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