Djuan Trent, who won the crown of Miss Kentucky in 2010 and finished in the top 10 of the Miss America competition in 2011, has made history by coming out as a lesbian – the first national pageant contestant to do so.
She made the announcement in a lengthy post
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 …"
"I am queer."
Trent, 27, said she struggled with her decision but decided to come out because of Kentucky's current battle over gay marriage. The state's ban on recognizing out-of-state gay marriages was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last month.
"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.
In a follow-up post
, Trent wrote that she had three goals with her announcement – self-liberation, inspiration and awareness – and said her "heart is warmed from the overwhelmingly positive and encouraging words" from her supporters.
She also wrote about Ellen Page's decision to come out,
which happened a week before Trent's announcement.
"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."