OFlaherty, now 23, was crowned Miss Missouri in June.
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Transgender people have historically been excluded from beauty pageants.National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.Changes have been made, such as adding current affairs questions, or renaming swimsuit parades as fitness segments.Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.But, mainly, Im excited to represent the lgbt community, OFlaherty told.O'Flaherty, whose talent is singing, said she rejects the idea that beauty pageants objectify women.See their photos here!Miss Universe, which was owned by Trump until 2015, banned transgender contestants until 2012.If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the.She said the cause of suicide prevention is personal not only because she identifies as gay, but because she lost a close friend to suicide at age."It was really hard.
I wanted to be a positive role model in the community and instill a sense of hope within the trans community and give them some positive news.".
Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty, the first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant, poses in Atlantic City, New Jersey,.S., September 8, 2016.