05/31/2014 09:08 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Meet The Former Miss Kentucky Turned Queer Pioneer

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Beauty queen. African American. Queer. Three strikes? Or three is the magic number? Labels, as Djuan Trent sees it, are a necessary … well, not evil, just a necessity sometimes. “When it comes to labeling yourself, it’s hard to get away from that,” she admits. “As much as most of us are like, ‘Don’t label me, I’m a human being’ - but labels are things that help us define and understand things, that’s how you can look in the refrigerator and tell the difference between Miracle Whip and mayo.”

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