maintenance engineer | Willingboro, N.J.
“Yes. She’s put in quite an effort to become a woman. I give her credit for that. She’s gorgeous. She’s actually more attractive than the other competitors. She should get an equal shot at the crown. Fair is fair.”
editor | Cinnaminson, N.J.
“Yes. If somebody is presenting as a lady, give them the dignity and respect of honoring their heart. No questions asked. If they don’t have the beauty and talent to survive the competition, that’s one thing. But don’t disqualify them just because of their gender identity.”
clothing designer | Washington Square West
“Yes. Beauty pageants by their nature are superficial. You’re looking at the person’s face, body, hair — not their genitalia. I’m assuming the pageant has never checked under the skirts of their contestants. They shouldn’t start doing that now, just because there’s a rumor about a contestant’s birth gender.”
store manager | Washington Square West
“Yes. She’s gone through all the gender-reassignment surgery. There’s no doubt she’s female. I’m pro-trans. Even if she didn’t have the surgery, I’d still support her right to compete in the pageant, because she’s lived as a woman for so many years.”