Target: Djuan K. Trent, Former Miss Kentucky
Goal: Applaud Miss Kentucky for challenging pageant stereotypes and coming out
Djuan K. Trent, a former beauty queen, has come out as a queer in an expressive and sensitive blog post that is making an impact on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Community. The former Miss Kentucky wrote in her blog titled “Turning ‘They’ Into ‘We’,” where the beauty pageant contestant describes her struggles of coming out to the public. She writes about how over the years she witnessed other big time celebrities opening up to the general public about their own sexuality and the struggles of hiding their personal lives. She made her blog post public right after Kentucky came out with their ban on same-sex marriage.
Trent says she felt a sense of community and awareness from the public that she had not seen in the past. Although coming out is a very personal matter, she felt she needed to do it — she is challenging the stereotypes that are unreasonably assigned to all pageant contestants. But since she came out, she has received immense support from organizations such as the well-known Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
For the most part, Trent has received a lot of support from people all over the world, but there are also many who continue to oppress and discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community. Please sign this petition to applaud former Miss Kentucky for her courage.
Dear Djuan K. Trent,
I want to applaud you for your courage to step forward and write a blog post about your sexual orientation. These types of posts are sensitive and can really impact a large group of people, and I’m sure that this will positively affect all of the future beauty pageant hopefuls who may be afraid to participate in the pageant because of their identity. You have made it so that future beauty queens can be proud of their sexual orientation, rather than feeling that they need to hide it. When someone challenges a stereotype or status quo of a certain organization, there are consequences and media uproar, but there are also extremely positive impacts on those whose voices aren’t often heard. Thank you for allowing yourself to be one of the voices to speak up for the millions of children and adults out there that identify with the LGBTQ community.
[Your Name Here]
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