Former Miss America Contestant Comes Out As Queer And Upsets Some Lesbians

By Emelina Minero

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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.

5 Responses to Former Miss America Contestant Comes Out As Queer And Upsets Some Lesbians

  1. Impower You Reply

    March 6, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    That’s so disturbing that people are upset with how she labels herself. It’s as if they cannot accept that her identity is dependent on the way she sees herself based on persoal knowledge and epxeriences. I doubt any of those trolls would appreciate having their labels dissected and torn apart the way they are acting towards her.

  2. Mo Reply

    March 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Whoa there! What makes the queer community so wonderful is our diversity and inclusivity. Individuals who choose to only give validity to one segment of the Human Community may not understand the discrimination and oppression they are casting on themselves and each other. Being out is a choice and I support anyone who puts themselves out there and gives a voice to the voiceless. Trendy or not – it helps no one to tear each other down or have a measuring stick for who gets to be out.

    • Emelina Minero Reply

      March 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      I couldn’t have said that better. 🙂

  3. Sarah Reply

    March 8, 2014 at 12:03 am

    That’s all so mean! I’m glad you wrote about this, Emelina. Questioning the queer label/identity, or what community actually means is sometimes interesting and important, but certainly not at someone else’s expense, never like this.

    This is my favorite comment from Trent’s original blog post: “As a former Miss Georgia competitor and typical girl next door Southern beauty queen, thank you thank you thank you for letting me know I’m not alone. So many times I look at my crowns and trophies and feel like a fraud. No. I am gay. And I grew up doing pageants. And that’s just fabulous.”

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