By Lechette Walker
The Former Miss Kentucky, Djuan Trent, has announced that she is `Queer.’ She won the title back in 2010, and then she went on to compete for Miss America in 2011. Trent, 27, is the first national pageant contestant to come out as a lesbian. She came out of the closet by posting how she felt on her blog.
“I have written and re-written and deleted and restarted this post more times than I care to share,” she wrote, “and after all of that I have finally realized: ‘There ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.’ So, here we go folks …,” she continued. “I am queer,” said Trent.
Her post also suggests that she has been dealing with her decision to come out as gay for a while. She was prompted by the recent gay marriage struggle in Kentucky to be true to her stance and lifestyle decision.
“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 [that] are so happily welcomed partake, unless you open your mouth and say it,” Trent wrote.
Ellen Page that talked about her decision to come out encouraged Trent to make her announcement. The blog post that Trent wrote also covered her three goals for making this decision to announce her stance which is to declare self-liberation, inspiration, and awareness.
“Listening to her speech, I was able to relate on so many levels,” Trent wrote. “But this is what really hit me: ‘I am tired of lying by omission…’ Girl, what?! For real! Lying by omission and using non-descript pronouns … that gets really old, really quick.”
Now that she has cleared her hidden secrets, she can live out loud. Trent said that she is encouraged by the validation that she has received from her supporters.