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Thursday, March 6, 2014

FORMER MISS KENTUCKY COMES OUT: 'I AM QUEER'

Prompted by a recent gay marriage ruling in Kentucky, Djuan Trent, Miss Kentucky 2010, last week announced that she's gay.
“I am queer,” Trent wrote in a blog post titled Turning “They” into “We.”
Trent said that she was nervous about publicly sharing her story and found it difficult to find the right words.

“I could write about what it was like to come out to my mom for the third and final time at the age of 26 (the first time was when I was in the 4th grade and the second time was in college),” Trent wrote. “I could write about the years I spent praying to a God whom I wanted so badly to serve with all of my heart, but couldn't understand why this God made me 'wrong.' I could write about all the times that people have asked me if I have a boyfriend and I've purposely chosen to just say 'no' with no further explanation. I could write about all the reasons I have been told I shouldn't be gay (that's an interesting list). I could write about all the times I talked about how gross it was when a girl had a crush on me, even though I may have secretly liked her too. I could write about how scared I have felt that I would have to watch friends and family members walk out of my life if I ever decided to come out. I could write about how disappointed I have been in myself for being an open supporter by day, and living it up in the safety of the closet by night.”

“I could write books about all of those things,” Trent continued, “but what has really fueled my passion in writing today, has been” a ruling knocking down a portion of Kentucky's ban on gay marriage.

(Related: Kentucky AG refuses to defend gay marriage ban; Gov. to hire outside counsel.)
Trent, who finished in the top ten in the 2011 Miss America pageant, added: “Ideally, I would love to one day live in a society where coming out is no longer necessary because we don't make assumptions about one another's sexuality and homophobia is laid to rest.”

SOURCE: ON TOP MAG

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