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In February, Miss Kentucky 2010, Djuan Trent, took the bold step up living openly and authentically by coming out as queer.

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.

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 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.

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