The former Miss Kentucky, Djuan Trent, has come out publicly as gay. Read on for the details on Trent’s recent news and all about the pageant queen.
1. Trent Announced her Sexuality on her Blog
On February 20, 2014, Djuan Trent made a lengthy post on her blog called ‘Turning “They” into “We”‘ where she opened up about her sexuality. In the first paragraph, she talks about how she’s tried to write the post over and over again, but hasn’t gotten the words out the way she’s wanted to.
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?
After going back and forth, she finally sat down and mustered the courage.
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. She Actually Came Out to her Mother Three Times
Trent wrote in her blog that she came out to her mom three times. The first time was when she was in 4th grade, the second time was when she was in college and the final time was at the age of 26.
3. Kentucky’s Battle Over Gay Marriage Prompted Trent’s Coming Out
People magazine, along with Djuan Trent’s blog, expressed that it was Kentucky’s current issues on gay marriage that have made her decide to publicly come out as gay. Trent noted in her blog:
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” … People can’t know that their best friend, brother, sister, co-worker, neighbor, news anchor, favorite singer, or local coffee shop barista is being oppressed and denied the rights in which their heterosexual counterparts [that] are so happily welcomed partake, unless you open your mouth and say it.
4. Trent Wrote a Follow-Up Post
After Trent made her brave announcement, her follow-up post listed three intentions she had in writing her “coming out” post and they were self-liberation, inspiration, and awareness.
5. Her Pageant Friends Have Been Very Supportive
Can't sleep! Up early, reflecting. Feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed and definitely surprised…but ultimately, humbled and thankful.
— D.Trent (@DjuanTrent) March 7, 2014
In Trent’s follow-up post, she took time to thank many people, especially her pageant friends. Trent was Miss Kentucky 2010 and made it into the Top 10 for Miss America in 2011. The beauty queen reached out to her “pageant people” by writing:
To all of my supporters and those of you who spotted me from the jump, you have a very special place in my heart. And, for those who have wondered if we are ready for a gay Miss State or Miss America, let me just say…we better be, because it won’t be long! Also…Miss America c/o 2011, one word- AMAZING. Love you ladies!