On Thursday, there was huge news that a Kentucky judge ruled that same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries must now be recognized by the state. Some more news came out on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, as former Miss Kentucky Djuana Trent publicly revealed in her blog that she is gay, per WKYT.
She started her blog post by wrestling with herself as to whether or not she should keep writing and reveal her news or still keep it inside. With that being said, she wondered how she should reveal her news - special date? Mysteriously? Seriously?
Djuan Trent simply decided to make her announcement with just three words:
"I am queer."
Djuan Trent went on to be crowed Miss Kentucky in 2010 and finished in the top 15 of the 2011 Miss America pageant. She had traveled all around Kentucky during her reign and was a spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's "Kentucky Proud" slogan and initiative.
Trent wrestled with how to make the announcement:
"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."
Currently, the state of Kentucky is in a bit of a panic as the federal judge struck down the decade-old ban on the state recognizing same-sex marriages. State officials are still working over it to put it firmly in place.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II put the order in place and said that the ban actually treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them."
Now, one of the state's most prominent citizens from the past 10 years has come out and announced to the world that she is gay. It's sure to cause an uproar, but it is also sure to bring about a lot of support for Djuan Trent as well.
She seemed to have a hard enough time even knowing how to announce it, but now she has and she is Kentucky proud.