Transgender beauty queen Jenna
Talackova on Monday told the women of ABC's The View that
gender reassignment surgery was “excruciatingly painful.”
Talackova appeared on the program with
civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Talackova.
Talackova is the 23-year-old Canadian
who was told she could not compete in the Miss Universe Canada
pageant because she was not born female. The organization later
backtracked, saying Talackova would be allowed to participate.
Seated on the show's sofa, she said she
knew she wasn't a boy since she could put “2 and 2 together.”
“I've always been attracted to
“You had sex surgery?” Barbara
“I had sex reassignment surgery.”
“Very painful,” Walters stated.
“Well, it's just like getting,”
Talackova responded, “if you can imagine anything getting
reconstructed, the after surgery it's just, it's just terrible
“It's removing your genitals,”
Walters added as Talackova nodded in agreement. (The video is
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