Rose of Tralee festival says there is no ban on transgender woman entering the competition
The Rose of Tralee festival has said that they have not banned transgender women from entering the competition, despite earlier reports.
Executive Chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara, confirmed that transgender women are welcome to apply to become a Rose.
Speaking to Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1, he said that there is no ban on transgender women.
"There is no rule banning women, including transgender women, from entering.
"If they have a particular point of view or a particular aspect to their personal lives, the festival organisers try to ensure that it isn’t abused and put out there on the basis of someone trying to sell newspapers or otherwise."
Earlier today, a rumour surfaced that transgender women weren't allowed to apply sparking outrage online.
The Rose of Tralee banning trans women from entering further proves how irrelevant that whole show/comp is— Blathnaid (@nothingbelow) February 2, 2017
I for one am shocked that the Rose of Tralee, a misogynistic show made for old people won't have transgender women on it— Adam (@RummHammm) February 2, 2017