Jossy Yendall says she’s been called a “hypocrite” on social media for her campaign.
This is Jossy Yendall, 29, from Gateshead.
On a recent Change petition she set up, she explains how last year she was selected to be a finalist for the Miss Galaxy Contest, a beauty pageant, in 2016.
"I was so proud to think that we finally live in a society that accepts transgendered women to this extent," she says. "But when I emailed to secure my place I mentioned [that I was not born a female] and was instantly informed I was no longer eligible to compete."
She goes on: "I know that I am not the only one to have experienced this treatment. Routinely women like me are excluded from mainstream pageants because of the body that we were born in."
Yendall, who works as an activities coordinator in a care home for the elderly, told BuzzFeed News: "I don’t want to slander Miss Galaxy, who I know do a lot of good charity work. I’m trying to turn a negative into a positive. My hope with the petition is that it’ll shake up the whole system."