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Former International Beauty Queen Comes Out as Lesbian

The runner up in last year's Miss Universe competition came out on Instagram as a lesbian last week.

Patricia Yurena, the 24-year-old who was also crowned Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, posted a photo of her and her girlfriend, DJ Vanessa Cortes, with the caption, “Romeo and Juliet.” According to The Telegraph, Yurena is first openly gay national beauty queen in Spain.

In an interview with La Opinion de Tenerife: "I don't regret what I did and I did it because I am happy about what's going on in my life."

Coming out -- whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or allied -- is a deeply personal and arduous journey for every individual. For more resources on coming out, visit HRC’s Coming Out Center.

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