First Openly Gay Contestant to Vie for the Crown at Miss America

Miss Missouri Erin O’ Flaherty will be the first openly lesbian contestants to participate in the MIss America competition in Atlantic City, NJ.

“Behind the scenes, we’ve been well-represented, but I’m the first openly gay title holder, so I’m very excited,” she told The Associated Press. “I knew going in that I had the opportunity to make history. Now I get to be more visible to the community and meet more people.”

 The “Show Us Your Shoes” parade that has become a fixture of Miss America, in which contestants ride in vehicles on the Boardwalk and show off their state-themed footwear, sprang from the interest of gay spectators, he said.

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