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Former Miss Kentucky Comes Out In Blog Post: "I Am Queer"

Djuan Trent chose to come out of the closet in response to Kentucky's court ruling to recognize out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.

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“What has prompted my writing today has been my questioning people’s constant assumption that a) I am hetero and b) I concur with their views,” she wrote.

In her blog post titled "Turning They Into We," she shares a bit of her own personal experiences:

"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."

Her statement was also in direct response to Kentucky's court ruling against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage last month.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn ruled Feb. 12 that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The ruling has not gone into effect yet, so same-sex couples still are unable to legally marry in Kentucky.

She ended her entry by thanking everyone who gave her the courage to come out: "You have given me the courage to speak up and speak out when I forget my "QUEER" stamp in the mornings."