Video: The First Openly Gay Miss America Contestant Begins Preliminaries

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Miss America competition has been around for more than 95 years, but 2017 will mark the first year that the first openly gay contestant will compete for the crown.
Erin O'Flaherty, who has been open about her sexual identity when she competed in her state, is representing Missouri and will vie for the crown on Sunday, September 11th. Previously, Djuan Trent competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Kentucky back in 2011, when she finished in the top 10. It was not until three years later that she came out as a lesbian in 2014.
Patricia Yurena, two-time winner of the Miss Spain contest and a runner-up in the 2013 Miss Universe competition also announced that she was a lesbian in 2014.