Panama allows transgender women to compete in beauty pageant

The organizers said that the decision was made "after plenty of conversations" and was in line with the rules of the Miss Universe organization.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The organizers said that transgender women who "have completed all their legal and medical procedures" can take part in the pageant from this year. The winner will represent Panama at the Miss Universe pageant.

The organizers of Panama's national beauty contest announced this week that transgender women who "have completed all their legal and medical procedures" can take part in its competition from this year.

"Miss Panama will permit women officially legally recognized in the country," said Señorita Panama. "Guaranteed to be an inclusive organization, we approved this decision based on strict legal guidelines . . .

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