Post submitted by Chloe Stokes, HRC Digital Media Intern.

Last month, Miss Kentucky 2010, Djuan Trent, took the bold step up living openly and authentically by coming out as a lesbian.

According to Trent, her decision was prompted by the anti-LGBT comments that arose after Kentucky’s ban on marriage equality was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. 

U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that Kentucky’s marriage amendment violates the constitutional principal of equal protection and that the Commonwealth cannot refuse to recognize valid same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

In a post on her blog, Life in 27, Trent discussed her fear of coming out, a few personal stories, and her own reasons for living authentically.

“But what has prompted my writing today has been my questioning people's constant assumption that a) I am hetero and b) I concur with their views and opinion,” Trent wrote in the post.

Trent’s brave decision sends a powerful message to LGBT youth around the world who are struggling with their own identities.

Last year, Analouisa Valencia became the first open lesbian to compete for Miss South Carolina, as well as the first open lesbian in the entire Miss America system.

“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,” Trent stated in the post.

Trent stressed that coming out is a personal decision, going on to thank those who choose to live openly and authentically, saying “Thank you for giving me the courage to change my ‘they’ to ‘we’, ‘them’ to ‘us’, and ‘their’ to ‘our.’”

Djuan Trent was Miss Kentucky in 2010, and went on to finish in the top ten in the 2011 Miss America pageant.

For more resources to help you on your own journey to come out – whether it is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or allied – visit HRC’s Coming Out Center.

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