Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent has announced that she’s “queer” after her home state’s ban on recognizing out-of-state gay marriages was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last month.
She made her announcement via her blog on Feb. 20.
“For a while, I struggled with the decision of whether or not it was necessary to ‘come out,'” she wrote. “…I have realized that there is really no way for people to know that I disagree with their views or, even moreso, to know that they are talking about me, unless I actually open my mouth and say it.”
“I am queer,” she declared.
“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,” Trent wrote.
“Listening to her speech, I was able to relate on so many levels,” Trent wrote. “But this is what really hit me: ‘I am tired of lying by omission…’ Girl, what?! For real! Lying by omission and using non-descript pronouns … that gets really old, really quick.“