LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As a judge ordered Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries, former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent decided to publicly reveal she's gay.
"I am queer," Trent wrote in a blog. "For months, I have been going back and forth with myself on what to write, how to write it, and when to post it. I'll start writing a post and then about midway through the post, I'll stop or I'll keep writing with absolutely no inspiration which, at that point, I'm better off stopping."
Trent graduated from Berea College in 2009. In 2010, she was crowned Miss Kentucky and traveled the state as a spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's "Kentucky Proud" initiative.
In the 2011 Miss America pageant, Trent went on to finish in the top 15.
Trent's announcement comes as clerks of court are awaiting direction from state officials that the 10-year-old ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is no longer enforceable after a federal judge on Thursday officially struck it down.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II prompted the hurry-up-and-wait scenario with a single-page order saying Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is unenforceable. He says in his order that the state's ban treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them."
"You can imagine the conversation that this ruling has sparked amongst Kentuckians -- those who support as well as those who oppose," Trent wrote about the ruling. "I have listened to people talk about 'the abomination of our nation' and 'Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.' I am not surprised that some people would react this way. I mean, if people didn't react that way, then there would be no need for a movement, no need to fight for our rights (ooh, 'our' ... that felt good). This is not to say that I approve of the commentary, it's just to say that I am not surprised."