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First Out Gay Contestant to Compete in Miss South Carolina Pageant: VIDEO


Analouisa Valencia is breaking down barriers in South Carolina as the first out gay contestant to compete for Miss South Carolina, WISTV reports:

"Last year, I did compete at state, but I wasn't as comfortable because of the fact I was hiding who I was," said Valencia. "This is my first year coming out and saying, 'This is me, girls. Sorry, I'm going to be changing in the same dressing room as you. This is what's going to happen.'"

Valencia's appearance in the pageant is not just history-making in South Carolina.

"I'm the first openly lesbian contestant in the Miss America system, the first bilingual contestant we've had, so that's good," said Valencia.

With three titles already under her belt, Valencia's family says her success helps represent the changing face of the south.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP... - Columbia, South Carolina |

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  1. Why would a supposed lesbian want to be part of a sexist, heteronormative beauty pageant? I don't think she is breaking down barriers at all, Andy.

    Posted by: Jason | Jul 5, 2013 6:09:31 PM

  2. Gay is not a talent, Missy....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 5, 2013 6:11:05 PM

  3. It's going to get ugly backstage. Those Baptist girls are going to eat her alive.

    Posted by: Merv | Jul 5, 2013 6:11:16 PM

  4. Kinda old news. I blogged about her in April.

    Posted by: Robert Heikkkila | Jul 5, 2013 6:27:16 PM

  5. She's cute from what I see here, but as a true pageant coach, I'm withholding judgement until I see the gown.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 5, 2013 6:34:24 PM

  6. Oh, and for the record, these "sexist, heteronormative beauty pageants" keep gay men employed BY THE HUNDREDS. Coaching, arranging, styling, designing, sewing, dressing, choreographing. When a pageant girl gets one of those oddly-shaped tiaras clipped to her head, there are at least a dozen gay men propping her up from behind.

    Quislings? I don't think so. Talented artisans working at their crafts.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 5, 2013 6:39:40 PM

  7. The same guy posted the first two comments disparaging a lovely young woman to make himself feel superior. What a sad troll.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 5, 2013 7:46:46 PM

  8. Jason - If she's competing in the Miss America pageant, there are serious scholarships involved. That's not just propaganda they spread around.

    But on the issue of "the changing face of the South..." if it's indeed changing, it's just getting uglier and uglier.

    Posted by: Larry McD | Jul 5, 2013 7:51:32 PM

  9. "changing the face of the south". For anyone who's lived there that's a laughable statement. The town I grew up in hasn't changed almost at all. Mean, redneck, southern baptists who waste no time telling you they hate you.

    Posted by: Jonna the Woodswoman | Jul 5, 2013 8:09:44 PM

  10. She's probably the first out contestant in Miss South Carolina, but Kara Mitchell, an out lesbian, competed last year in Miss Indiana (she was an undergrad at Ball State) and this year in Miss Ohio (grad school at Ohio State). She made Top 10 at Miss Ohio. And, of course, there have been closeted lesbians in the Miss America system for years and years.

    Posted by: RealTimShady | Jul 5, 2013 8:14:34 PM

  11. I just have to wonder why this story is receiving such luke warm responses...

    Posted by: dpbfeb | Jul 5, 2013 8:23:55 PM

  12. @dpbfeb
    People don't care because she's a black lesbian competing in a beauty pageant. If this was about some cute blond haired gay guy out of college being recruited into the NFL, it would be like Xmas Eve in the comment section of this and every other gay blog, with multiple articles posted about it.

    Posted by: Chance | Jul 6, 2013 7:59:10 AM

  13. Because beauty contests are kinda shallow to begin with...would she be playing the gay card if she wasn't "butterfaced"?...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 6, 2013 8:00:18 AM

  14. Bingo, Chance. There's a lot of sexism to this blog, especially within the comments but also the content.

    Posted by: Douglas | Jul 6, 2013 10:02:21 AM

  15. IMO, this is a big story. Analouisa is a brave girl. Best of luck to her, and most of all I hope she wins Miss SC.

    Posted by: Jude | Jul 6, 2013 10:34:59 AM

  16. As a South Carolinian, I agree, Jude. It's a very anti-gay culture and this is brave of her. SC is the state where Senate hopeful and eventual winner Jim DeMint felt quite comfortable saying gay teachers should be purged from public schools, and he won. And it's the state where even a Democrat running for Senate said that Rudy Giuliani's living with his gay friends wasn't "South Carolina values".

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jul 6, 2013 11:32:13 AM

  17. I'm proud of this young lady she is beautiful and it's wonderful that she coaches the special olympics. ^_^

    Posted by: alexander | Jul 6, 2013 2:28:29 PM

  18. There was a lesbian in the Miss Long Beach pageant in California in 2010 or 2011. See the above youtube link. Jenelle Hutcherson. It is possible she was in the Miss USA system, not Miss America ... not positive about that. Jenelle Hutcherson. I tried to post link but it is on you tube.

    Posted by: TimD | Jul 6, 2013 2:38:31 PM

  19. If she identifies as black, I'll eat my hat. The phrase 'bilingual' implies 'hispanic'. and yes, she's being called butterface because she looks like a normal chubby faced native american black mix instead of the usual type of pageant winner.

    Then again, pageants have been big on tokenism these past couple years. As long as it's not anyone who's slept with a producer or someone who's locally rich family paid bribes, I'm good with it.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jul 7, 2013 11:24:44 AM

  20. From that pic posted with the article, she does not look attractive at all.

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 8, 2013 2:55:04 PM

  21. I support the young lady's bravery for coming out. I hope and pray that people will see her as part of the human Race. We have got a long way to go has truly living as all GOD's children.

    Posted by: TK | Jul 8, 2013 8:54:19 PM

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