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Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent Comes Out: 'I am Queer'

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Djuan Trent, Miss Kentucky 2010, came out of the closet this week after a federal judge ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

Watch a WKYT interview with Trent, AFTER THE JUMP...

Wrote Trent in a blog post:

For months, I have been contemplating how I would write this post, how I would position it, when would be the right time to post it. Should I make it funny? Should I make it mysterious? Should I make it serious? Should I pick a special date to do it? Should I build some kind of anticipation around it? Hmmm...ain't nobody got time for that. I have written and re-written and deleted and restarted this post more times than I care to share, 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.

2_trentShe added:

I could write about what it was like to come out to my mom for the third and final time at the age of 26 (the first time was when I was in the 4th grade and the second time was in college). I could write about the years I spent praying to a God whom I wanted so badly to serve with all of my heart, but couldn't understand why this God made me "wrong". I could write about all the times that people have asked me if I have a boyfriend and I've purposely chosen to just say "no" with no further explanation. I could write about all the reasons I have been told I shouldn't be gay (that's an interesting list). I could write about all the times I talked about how gross it was when a girl had a crush on me, even though I may have secretly liked her too. I could write about how scared I have felt that I would have to watch friends and family members walk out of my life if I ever decided to come out. I could write about how disappointed I have been in myself for being an open supporter by day, and living it up in the safety of the closet by  night.  I could write books about all of those things...but what has really fueled my passion in writing today, has been this...

Last week, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that Kentucky's prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law by treating queer folks "differently in a way that demeans them." You can imagine the conversation that this ruling has sparked amongst Kentuckians- those who support as well as those who oppose. I have listened to people talk about "the abomination of our nation" and "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve." I am not surprised that some people would react this way...I mean, if people didn't react that way, then there would be no need for a movement, no need to fight for OUR rights (ooh, "our"...that felt good). This is not to say that I approve of the commentary, it's just to say that I am not surprised. 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.

Read her full post here.

And watch a WKYT interview with Trent, AFTER THE JUMP...

WKYT adds:

Trent graduated from Berea College in 2009. In 2010, she was crowned Miss Kentucky and traveled the state as a spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's "Kentucky Proud" initiative. In the 2011 Miss America pageant, Trent went on to finish in the top 15.

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS Djuan Trent !

    Evidently you are fabulous, you are articulate, and you are smart. Welcome to the party, keep it up, and please consider running for office one day to replace the clown car worth of politicians currently representing Kentucky.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 4, 2014 8:20:14 AM


  2. Congrats to her!

    Posted by: Reality | Mar 4, 2014 8:43:30 AM


  3. Dear Djuan,

    Your eloquence and wit speaks volumes of the fantastic woman you are!

    From this point on, may your life be filled with love, peace and happiness.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 4, 2014 8:57:53 AM


  4. Beautiful and smart, she's going to make some woman very happy.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 4, 2014 9:02:28 AM


  5. Beautifully stated, Ms. Trent. Thank you.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Mar 4, 2014 9:38:10 AM


  6. good for her

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 4, 2014 10:05:08 AM


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