By Emelina Minero
Former Miss America contestant and Miss Kentucky in 2010, Djuan Keila Trent, came out as queer in her blog post, “Turning ‘They’ into ‘We.’” First, congratulations to Trent for coming out and becoming more comfortable with who she is. On the AfterEllen.com article that wrote about her coming out, there were a few negative comments.
Sooooo, she’s come out as — “QUEER”? Exactly what does THAT mean? I find an awful lot of people using the term QUEER instead of…hip or cool. IS SHE A LESBIAN? If not, I don’t wanna hear her media-hype babble. Sorry.
well, it means… nothing really. it’s ambiguous and trendy, but she can come out as whatever she wants. the kids love it.
^Who coined this? It doesn’t matter to me how long this acronym is, but if you could do just a little bit of critical thinking here: just because someone keeps adding letters to this equation doesn’t automatically make them part of everyone’s community.
Why do people get upset by labels that they don’t associate with? Why would someone’s self-identification be harmful to others? What are ways we can open a dialogue around the diversity in queer identity? What are your thoughts?
You can read the full article AfterEllen.com.