A lesbian who competed in the annual Miss California USA beauty
contest, last weekend, failed in her impressive bid to take home
the coveted crown.
As reported on DIVA last week, twenty-six year old Jenelle
Hutcherson (pictured) became the first openly-gay woman to compete
in Miss Long Beach back in November.
Despite not winning the Donald Trump-sponsored contest, the
Balersfield native made an indelible mark on the proceedings by
wearing shorts and a t-shirt for the swimwear round and a royal
purple tux for the evening wear section.
Last weekend, Hutcherson participated in the national competition
rounds after being asked by Trump himself.
But, despite an impressive effort, she lost out to Natalie Pack -
a 22-year-old who plans to become a doctor.
A second lesbian contestant, Mollie Thomas of West Hollywood, also
participated in the popular contest, but similarly failed to
Hutcherson told the Los Angeles Times: "We have the power to
create a better future for our kids by setting an example of
treating each other with love and equality."
In addition, she wrote on her Facebook page: "I would just like
to say that the pageant for me is not just about gay rights or
making a statement in that direction.
"The fact that i am wearing a tux will make it obvious I am gay.
Being gay is not the #1 that defines who I am, this pageant for me
is about everyone realizing that we are ALL fighting the same war
for the same cause, against hate. Fighting to be loved."