100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

Djuan Trent

Guess what? Beauty pageant contestants can be queer, too! Djuan Trent, the stunning 2010 Miss Kentucky and 2011 Miss America semi-finalist, proved that when she made history by coming out on her blog this past February, prompted by the battle over same-sex marriage in her home state. Says Trent: ″I never thought that I would see the day that I would live out comfortably…I remember being younger and feeling so envious of other young people who were living in their truth, and I could only hope that I would have the courage to do so one day.″ Now that that day has come, Trent is using her fame in positive ways. She talks to audiences about self-esteem, goal-setting and queer identity; she also works with organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, Dare to Be Bold and Southerners for Freedom to Marry (where she is co-chair). ″I feel blessed to have been so well-received by the LGBTQ community and allies. I strive daily to live my life in a way that will inspire others, in everything that I do…Now that I am out, I feel limitless and boundless.″ -GH

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