Djuan Trent — who was named Miss Kentucky in 2010 and was a top-10 Miss America finalist in 2011 — recently came out as queer on her blog, becoming the first Miss America contestant to come of the closet.
"For months, I have been contemplating how I would write this post, how I would position it, when would be the right time to post it," she writes. "Ain't nobody got time for that. I have written and re-written and deleted and restarted this post more times than I care to share, and after all of that, I have finally realized: 'There ain't nothin' to it but to do it.' So, here we go folks… I am queer."
FYI, this does not necessarily make her a lesbian — "queer" can signify attraction to all genders.
Djuan's timing is not so arbitrary, as a federal judge ruled in February that Kentucky must recognize gay marriages from other states.
"People can't know that their best friend, brother, sister, co-worker, neighbor, news anchor, favorite singer, or local coffee shop barista is being oppressed and denied the rights in which their heterosexual counterparts are so happily welcomed partake, unless you open your mouth and say it," she continues. "Thank you for giving me the courage to change my 'they' to 'we,' 'them' to 'us,' and 'their' to 'our.'"
In a subsequent post, Djuan says her reasons for coming out were threefold: self-liberation, inspiration, and awareness.
And she says that she has received "many posts, messages, tweets, texts, and phone calls from friends and strangers alike, thanking me for my bravery and offering mounds of support. My heart is warmed from the overwhelmingly positive and encouraging words."
All hail this brave pageant queen!
Source: Life in 27