Miss Universe pageant officials have reversed course; they now say transgender contestant Jenna Talackova may compete.

Miss Universe Canada officials said on Friday that Talackova could not compete “because she did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form.” A reference to the fact that Talackova was born male.

The organization released a statement on Monday saying that the 23-year-old Talackova would be allowed to compete.

“The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions,” the organization said in an email to PEOPLE.com.

Talackova, a Vancouver resident, has identified as female since age 4. She began transitioning at the age of 14 and underwent gender reassignment surgery at 19.

Civil rights attorney Gloria Allred had scheduled a press conference for Tuesday.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) applauded the move.

“The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step,” GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick said in a statement. “Now, GLAAD urges the organization to include all women and use this incident to speak out in support of the transgender community.”