The First Gay Contestant Of Miss America Wants Everyone To Know THIS Thing

The First Gay Contestant Of Miss America Wants Everyone To Know THIS Thing
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Beauty contests have always been a source of pride for many people and nations. From Miss Venezuela to Miss Philippines, the victory of a single woman can make the whole country feel beautiful and proud.

But what if a contest once thought to be only about heterosexual woman includes a participant with a different sexual orientation? Find out here!

Meet Erin O'Flaherty!

Meet Erin O'Flaherty!

Miss Erin O'Flaherty recently won as Miss Missouri 2015 and she cannot wait to compete in the Miss America contest.

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But there is something special about Miss Missouri 2016.

But there is something special about Miss Missouri 2016.
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This is because Miss Erin O'Flaherty is actually a lesbian. More than that, she is open about it.

Thus, she is the first ever openly gay Miss America contestant.

Thus, she is the first ever openly gay Miss America contestant.
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Erin O'Flaherty is happy to represent the LGBT community.

Erin O'Flaherty is happy to represent the LGBT community.
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Basically, she is doing something historical and significnat for a wonderful community.

She believes that the LGBT community needs to influence more in the public sphere.

She believes that the LGBT community needs to influence more in the public sphere.
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After all, the LGBT community is still seen as immoral by other people. Many people need to be educated about acceptance and discrimination.

She hopes to spread the word about suicide prevention.

She hopes to spread the word about suicide prevention.
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Young people in the LGBT sector are significantly likelier to commit suicide compare to young heterosexuals because of the bullying and feeling that they are not accepted, among other factors.

She does not want to be known for simply being an openly gay Miss America contestant.

She does not want to be known for simply being an openly gay Miss America contestant.
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Through her efforts, she wants to inspire young people in the LGBT community to strive for greatness and be happy.

At first, she was scared of joining the Miss America contest.

At first, she was scared of joining the Miss America contest.
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But even if she was afraid, she realized that she had to do it to realize who she really was.

Let's hope Erin O'Flaherty wins Miss America 2016!

Let's hope Erin O'Flaherty wins Miss America 2016!
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The competition will be in Atlantic City in the state of New Jersey. It will air on ABC on September.