Former Miss Kentucky: I am Queer
Former Miss Kentucky, Djuan Trent, bravely took to her blog to come out.
“I am queer,” she wrote. “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.’”
Trent’s announcement comes just one week after a federal judge ordered Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
The 27-year-old wrote in her blog about the intersectionality of sexuality and race. “It should be seemingly easy for one to look at me and see that I am woman, just as it is also pretty obvious that I am black. But sometimes, I forget to put the “QUEER” stamp on my forehead on my way out the door in the mornings.”
Trent on coming out:
For a while, I struggled with the decision of whether or not it was necessary to “come out”. Over the past few years, we have seen many celebrities and public figures open up and take this step. And as a result of their actions, we have seen a surge of urgency, awareness and change, as well as a greater sense of community, and individuals building up the courage to share their personal journeys and coming out stories. Coming out is a very personal process; and I have found that once you decide to to come out to the public, it is a never-ending process. I say it is never ending because realistically, you will be forever coming out to almost every new person you meet, especially those who ask about your wife, when you actually have a husband or your boyfriend, when you actually have a girlfriend…it never ends.
Trent was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2010 and finished in the top 15 of the 2011 Miss America Pageant.
You can read her coming out post here.