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Biracial, lesbian contestant a trailblazer in Miss South Carolina pageant
April 11th, 2013
09:42 AM ET

Biracial, lesbian contestant a trailblazer in Miss South Carolina pageant

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) – At 7, Analouisa Valencia was crowned Palmetto Princess in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She relished it - and like a lot of little girls, she dreamed of becoming Miss America  one day.

In a few months, Valencia, now 19, will take the stage for the Miss South Carolina contest, hoping for victory and a chance to compete for the coveted national title.

But she's no ordinary contestant. She will mark a first in her conservative home state.

Valencia's father is from Mexico; her mother, an African-American. Valencia came out as a lesbian when she was in the ninth grade and took her girlfriend Tamyra Bell to her high school prom.

She was already shredding stereotypes of beauty pageants because she's biracial. But a lesbian beauty pageant contestant from South Carolina?

"I just really wanted to be an advocate for equality for everyone this year," she says on the phone before heading off to classes at Spartanburg Community College. She eventually wants to earn a business degree at the University of South Carolina.

Her participation in the Miss South Carolina contest is in part a human rights campaign: she is promoting rights for people with special needs (she coaches Special Olympics gymnasts), for racial minorities, for gay people.

She has already thought about her answers if the judges question her on this score. She will be perfectly open and honest about who she is, about their opinions.

"I want to show the judges who I really am," she says. "I want to show them how passionate I am about my platform, how passionate I am for being an advocate for equality."

South Carolina ranks low nationally on LGBT rights. It bans same-sex marriage, does not afford employment, housing or hate-crime protections for LGBT people and has unconstitutional sodomy laws still on the books.

For Valencia to make a run for Miss South Carolina is "courageous," says Ryan Wilson, the executive director of the South Carolina Equality Coalition, a statewide LGBT civil rights group.

"I think it takes a lot of courage for any young person to live openly and authentically. We are extremely proud of Analouisa," Wilson says.

He says beauty pageant contestants can be stereotyped, but they can often afford young women a chance to show leadership.

"She can be a role model for LGBT youth," Wilson says.

There hasn't been negative feedback, Valencia says. So far.

But she's prepared to cope with ugliness if it surfaces. For the time being, she's enjoying her title of Miss Lyman, her hometown just a few miles from Spartanburg.

She's been taking voice lessons every Friday. At the Miss South Carolina pageant in July, she will sing Leona Lewis' "Footprints in the Sand." She's confident she will make an impression.

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  3. Helaina Hinson

    You go, girl! I wish all Americans would realize that everyone has a right to be who they are, and marry whom they wish, without having to meet the moral standards of someone else.

    May 3, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. lagergeld

    Roy, if you're white and saying that, you're a flaming idiot and moral degenerate. Check IQ data, STD rates, and crime rates of blacks and "Latinos" (or whatever they call themselves this week) and get back to us.

    April 27, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Earthling147

    No rational person cares what a book of fiction says. Keep your irrelevant comments and insane ideas to yourself.

    April 27, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Macc

    The year is 2013. The race riots were in the 60's. When are we going to get past all of this? Isn't it time we started to grow up?

    April 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Earthling147

    How is that relevant, Troll?

    April 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Izabela

    Ow! Ow! You go girl! Show the world! I love gay people, or as I like to call them, people. :)

    April 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JT

    the only requirement for "Miss South Carolina" is that the girl is beautiful... she is so whats the problem?

    doesn't matter what she believes, where shes from, what she likes to do in here free time

    people need go grow up its time to be civil adults

    April 22, 2013 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Acquaintance

    I hate to be a downer but I was in school with her and although I support what she stands for. I don't support her as a person, she was not kind to most people and she always had to out do others however it seems right someone like that would represent South Carolina, they deserve each other

    April 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin

    Why not just say mixed-race? It is possible to be a mix of more than two races.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PJ

    HOT! HOT! HOT!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mighty Aphrodite takes a slighty compared to you! WOOP!!!!!!

    April 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Uniquitous

    Thats a shame.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Blacksican11

    I'm proud to be Black and Mexican, and I believe without America, there could never been a Blacksican like her and me. So anyone have to hate, because We blacksican are different. Then look out the window and remember where you are. AMERICA, the country that has it all!

    April 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel - from Brazil

      For the particular case of a "blacksican" that might be true. But as a general, it is absolutely Not happening only in US.
      As a matter of fact, it's much more common in Brazil. (and if not totally free from the hatred and prejudices, it, at least, raises a much less amount of these bad feelings).

      April 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel - from Brazil

      For the particular case of a "blacksican" that might be true. But as a general, it is absolutely Not happening only in US.
      As a matter of fact, it's much more common in Brazil and it does not raise all the bad feelings and opposition here.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel - from Brazil

        Which I believe to be very positive for our Nation as a whole, in any aspect you can think of.

        April 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Raphael Ajode

    morality will never be replaced by social rights. the more liberal we become, the more selfish. morality is about denying self, not fulfilling ego.

    April 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      "morality is about denying self, not fulfilling ego."
      Religion-based bigotry use religious teachings to justify discrimination against Native Americans, African Americans, minority religious groups, woman and interracial couples.

      Connecting the dots between historical bigotry against other groups and the attitudes of some people today toward homosexuality is one of the most effective ways to educate people about the denial of equal rights to the LGBT community.

      Most people know that, historically, religion has been used to justify discrimination against women, religious minorities and people of color. Putting anti-gay religious beliefs in this historical context can be a powerful tool in connecting discrimination that most Americans today accept as morally wrong and the discrimination faced by LGBT people. By citing historical instances of religion-based bigotry and prejudice, you allow people to be more comfortable with attitudinal change – they realize they are not stepping out alone against a commonly accepted viewpoint but rather following historical progress toward justice and equality.

      When talking about the misuse of religion to justify discrimination in the past, it is important not to say that the LGBT community’s struggle with discrimination is exactly the same as the Civil Rights Movement. Rather, the point is that religion-based bigotry has been a common denominator of injustice toward many groups in American society’s past. When given a chance, many people will see the underlying historical pattern of using religious teachings and beliefs to justify harmful discrimination.

      There is another benefit to citing other times in the past when religious teachings have been used to justify discrimination. Many times, when people of faith are challenged about their anti-gay views, they cite biblical verses or other religious texts as a safe haven when they are unable to articulate why they hold prejudiced attitudes toward LGBT people. Instead of telling people that their interpretation is wrong, you can remind them that other religious texts have been used in the past to justify attitudes and laws that are recognized today as morally wrong and unjust – such as discrimination against women, people of color and religious minorities.

      History provides the moral judgment, and we do not have to be theologians engaged in scriptural debates to point people to the judgment rendered by history.

      April 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kat

    Um.... no.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      She is hot. She may make it.

      April 15, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  17. warren

    So apparently to CNN being bi-racial is news worthy. Also, according to CNN, being a lesbian is news worthy. Oh but wait, being BOTH bi-racial and lesbian?? stop the presses!!! This is front page news!!!!
    So once again CNN has stoked the fire of hate and bigotry. Why in 2013 are we discussing this as important??????
    They are spreading hate, divisiveness and bigotry people. !! Wake up!!! I made the switch to other news sources a long time ago....real news sources. I don't know why I came over to the tabloids this morning...

    April 15, 2013 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      they are fighting hate and bigotry.

      it is not that she is bi-racial or that she is a lesbian. it is about a beautiful bi-racial lesbian seeking to represent south carolina, a very religiously conservative state.

      April 15, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      you came to the "tabloids" to vent.

      April 15, 2013 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      and, by commenting on the article, you added to their revenue

      April 15, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • brock

      How is reporting on a story about a biracial beauty contestant stoking fires of hate and divisivness? This is happening. Deal with it

      April 15, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Kevin

        Bi-racial or mixed-race no problem. Lesbian-problem. Such a waste!

        April 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bw

      Well seeing your here commenting on the story the accomplished what they wanted to. HOOK LINE AND SINKER

      April 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sharon

    To think that this is going to be taught in school as socially acceptab;e and is normal for peop[le to be this way makes me sick. It is NOT normal – it is immoral.

    April 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      sharon: based on what?

      April 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • lui xi ung

      Glory, someone is speaking the truth, finally and this is outwith of his word

      April 15, 2013 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
      • sam stone

        how can something that is not a choice be a moral issue?

        April 15, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
      • sam stone

        "outwith"?

        what does that mean?

        April 15, 2013 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      " It is NOT normal – it is immoral."

      Hundreds of thousands of experts in this country disagree with you. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      April 15, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      " – it is immoral."

      The Biblical condemnation of homosexuality is based on human ignorance, suspicion of those who are different, and an overwhelming concern for ensuring the survival of the people. Since the Bible regards homosexuality as a capital crime (Leviticus 20:13), it clearly assumes that homosexuality is a matter of free choice, a deliberate rebellion against God. We have learned from modern science that people do not choose to be gay or straight; hence it is neither logical nor moral to condemn those whose nature it is to be gay or lesbian.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Bob

    What your half black and mexican and your bi racial. Your half white and black and your black??? Why not bi racial? Why dont we stop being irish american and African american and just be a North American

    April 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      or just an american

      April 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Because America is a continent, which makes me an American too (even if I'm not a U.S. citizen).

        April 15, 2013 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
      • sam stone

        jorge: if someone says they are american, do you associate that with something other than a U.S. citizen?

        April 15, 2013 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Sophie

        Actually, everyone living in Central and South America also call themselves "americanos." In Spanish, they use "estadounidense" (basically "united statesian") for people from the US. I don't know what people from the US are called in Portuguese (for Brazilians). Basically, sorry but people DO actually associate "American" with people from other countries than the US...

        April 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jb thomas

    Diversity. She would do well at any 500 company.

    April 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Yeppers, she could fulfill 4 quotas just herself.

      April 15, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  21. Earthling147

    Yeah, but as soon as the christians appropriated the pagan holidays and rituals, it was all hunky-dory. You people are so ignorant it makes my head spin.

    April 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • samhain1969

      Not to mention, building churches on top of Pagan ceremonial/worship sites (in Europe).

      April 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jb thomas

    She would have a great future @ P&G..She has everything a boss wants in diversity in one package.

    April 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. CSX

    Excellent, another log for the agenda.

    April 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      which agenda, csx, equal rights? an assault on bigotry? a call to not judge lest you be judged?

      April 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      I'm going to shove my agenda so far...you won't even know what slapped you.

      April 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Roberto

    It's a shame that she's a lesbian :(. Not cause I'm against gay people or anything. Just cause she looks pretty hot.

    April 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • camael

      It's not a shame for whichever girl she dates. There are plenty of fish in the sea, and barely any of them are just for you anyway.

      April 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. sun

    Lollllllllllllll that's the best comment!

    April 14, 2013 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  26. Barbara

    Hugh Jackman is not a beautiful young woman who has already won many pageants. Neither is your cat. Or your truck. And if you had half a brain I wouldn't have to point that out to you.

    April 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  27. girlpearl

    I am a Christian and attend church regularly, but I don't use GOD to justify hatred like half of you holy-rollers do! What would you do if the way you felt towards your wife was someday deemed unacceptable??? Put that in your pipe and smoke it, black heart!!!

    April 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humanist11

      I'm glad you realize that religion is the catalyst for much of this hatred and that you are strong enough to speak out about it. If you look closely, you will see that they are only following the bible and its teachings. For true morality, throw the bible and all religion out and look within yourself. I think you are already on your way. Good luck.

      April 15, 2013 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  28. Doug

    Eww... People like you make me sick !

    April 13, 2013 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  29. JC

    All I have to say about this headline is...........................................Giggity

    April 13, 2013 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  30. Bob G

    She is BEAUTIFUL and INTELLIGENT. She certainly seems to care about issues and get involved in being a positive influence. What is not to like, respect and encourage? I wish her the absolute best.

    April 13, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  31. Earthling147

    You shouldn't talk about your mom and dad that way.

    April 13, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  32. Earthling147

    All troll and no brain makes Jack a moron.

    April 13, 2013 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  33. DaveR

    Well I didn't want to bring it up. But.

    Black is the color of null, of emptiness. It represents nihilism, of burning, of destruction. Luckily for human species, there are no real black people. Just shades of tan. No really. The real 'racial' deliniator between Caucasians and Africans is the lip size and shape.

    April 13, 2013 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  34. Zenitram

    I am a brown person. There it's done. I have validated my self to all that will read this. My only comment is that she is not biracial... she is bipopulational.... it's not a word but it should be. Races mean nothing... populations are a scientific and apt pseudonym.

    April 13, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • james

      don't make up words the girl is a black mexican and I know mexicans hate to spoken in the same sentence as black people
      and yes her skin color is brown don't mean isht. I can take you to Louisiana and show you brown people all day long some are white, black, indian, and latino and unless they told you what race they represent you would be wrong.

      April 13, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nathan

        Use some proper grammar to validate your points and it will present them a lot better.

        April 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • lagergeld

        White people don't have brown skin unless they're into heavy tanning. Where did you get this garbage from?

        April 27, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  35. watash

    Because you are as illiterate as your namesake. Learn to spell and construct sentences before you start complaining.

    April 13, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  36. Max

    Funny!

    April 13, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  37. watash

    South Carolina voted for Strom Thurmond for decades and they would vote for Hitler if he could be brought back and ran as a Republican. All she has to do is claim to be born again and put a R beside her name.

    April 13, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Charley

      Strom Thurmond was a Democrat for years. Or did you forget about that?

      April 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Newport Pagnell

    How many days is this "story" gone to run CNN.

    April 13, 2013 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • girlpearl

      As long as idiots like you keep responding, I guess the story will go on........

      April 13, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Scott,

      Your use of the word "komrade" shows you apparently have no clue what a Communist is. Well done.

      April 13, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      Until the trolls stop ratcheting up the page views.

      April 13, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  39. The Truth

    GAY HOLLYWOOD, THE TV NETWORKS, and the MUSIC INDUSTRY have succesfully pushed the gay agenda by targeting the Younger Generations. They have CONDITIONED 60% of the youth born after 1965 that such behavior is normal through the targeted use of tv shows, movies, and music videosclearly aimed at desensitizing the population. Since children are impressionable and generally follow the latest fads, all that needs to be done to complete their agenda is to weed out those who still resist or oppose the GLBT's views by targeting the opposition as bigots.

    Is their any Morality left.

    April 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      "targeting the opposition as bigots."

      Not all are bigots, some are just hypocritical Christians.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      Hate to burst your bigot bubble but the people responsible for the progression of gay rights are people like you.

      Keep posting please.

      April 13, 2013 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
      • girlpearl

        C'mon, Michael.....Don't be soooo jealous 'cos I can have a relationship with women you could only ever dream of being with!!!.....Sigh – if only I was in my teens again........

        April 13, 2013 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
      • michael

        Just a slight suggestion.... Try making a coherent posting next time. Maybe then you won't come across as a total I d I o t.

        April 13, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Your arguement states that the Media and others have corrupted our children at a young, impressionable age. Isn't that what churches do in order to keep and build congregations? Brainwash is a better term for what religions do to the young before they are capable of making a decision about what to believe. It is force fed to them as fact. Now THAT is disturbing

      April 13, 2013 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Guest2

        Well said, Jeff.And brainwashing is most successful when you keep opposing viewpoints at bay which is getting harder to do everyday in this information age. The reason young people are more accepting is because the are better educated and have access to a greater body of knowledge.

        April 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • laguna_greg

      Unfortunately, one can't convert the hetero no matter how young you start. Otherwise there would be a whole lot more of us, the benefits of being gay being what they are.

      So dream on, bigot. Yes, it's what you are and, thanks to bigots like you, we are all getting much more media attention than we ever have. Keep posting!

      April 13, 2013 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Kita

      All I have to say to that is amen. I thought I was the only one that f elt, like that indeed it is time

      April 13, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • rick

      sure there is morality left. there is also bigotry. guess which camp you belong in

      April 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Muwa-ha-ha-ha! You found out our plot, but it's to late! We're going to take over the world! We will keep you straight people as hosts and use genetic modification so you can make us more gay babies! Muwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

      April 14, 2013 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  40. bob jones

    Hard for a hetro to get excited about any of this.

    April 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      Let us know when you run into one.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Max

        Also very funny

        April 13, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  41. Loathstheright

    I won't even read what the conservative, religious pervs are posting on this article.

    April 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trill

      Keep believing the world's lies and soon you will reap your wages due.

      April 13, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  42. oneSTARman

    She is an Unusually Beautiful young lady competing in a Beauty Contest.

    April 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Earthling147

    The religious fools on here make me sick. The most evil thing to ever be perpetrated upon humanity is the idea of religion. If humanity survives beyond the next fifty years or so it will be because we finally pull our heads out of the sand and deal with reality instead of hiding behind neolithic fairy tales. Religion is evil.

    April 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krejaton

      I agree. I mean we certainly should not allow the freedom of religion because you don't like it's views.

      Love the toleration that liberals show only to their own...

      April 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Observer

        It's the religious ones who choose to ignore the Golden Rule in favor of hypocritically picking on the s3x habits of others.

        April 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • michael

        Is it a wonder why conservatives are losing on all fronts when they can say, without one iota of sarcasm, "you're so intolerant of my intolerance."

        Keep posting, you're only digging the GOP beyond the six feet.

        April 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Earthling147

        You and anyone else are welcome to hold whatever nonsensical beliefs you like. You are not welcome to expect anyone else to buy into it. Keep your religion in your church where it belongs. I can tolerate you just fine when you're not in my face. You have no business expecting the rest of the world to abide by your archaic standards. Don't give me any crap about tolerance until you learn how to tolerate other lifestyles without condemning them to your imaginary purgatories.

        April 13, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Ian

        The hypocrisy of liberals is hilarious. Your bigotry towards those with religious beliefs in case you missed it. how is that any different then someone acting the fool towards this beautiful woman?

        April 13, 2013 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ziggy 2003

      Move to Russi or china i'm sure they will welcome you with open arma ingrate...

      April 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Earthling147

        Spellcheck can be your friend. Please explain how I'm an ingrate.

        April 13, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  44. yogisancr

    i consider insulting and and a little disrespectful the fact of saying " biracial and lesbian" to define her as a not normal for the state? i will say shes a human like every one else and is her choice to be and like as she does and that does not make her not usual or different shes actually a brave woman for me and a great candidate to win the event.

    April 12, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • W

      Yeah but "Human like every one else contestant a trailblazer in Miss South Carolina pageant" doesn't make headlines and boost her platform to espouse her agenda.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • StuporDave

        She is not espousing an agenda, unless the idea of dreaming any dream, and achieving any dream, for anyone, is possible, bothers you.

        April 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lex

      No, too bad she is not married to two men. Polygomy forever.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betsy

      That's factually and legally incorrect.

      April 13, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  45. petroskies

    baby you have the three ingredients to be successfully in this country now, manita, sister and lesbian,

    April 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. I AM

    I am quad racial....very complicated ...but I think it turned out OK for me. However, in my ancestry, there were problems. Not everyone treated my kinfolk too well. So , from a "mutt' of humanity, I wish her well.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • GonzoG

      HAIL TO THE MUTTS!

      May we out breed the inbred bigots into extinction!

      April 13, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  47. Bob

    The is beautiful, I am male and wish she were available but then again I wish I was not so old (70).

    April 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • GonzoG

      Yes, Bob, you're old. And it would be a bad idea for you to try to snag a 20-something (in addition to very unfair to her, because she needs to grow old with someone her own age)

      BUT, Just 'cause you're old, doesn't mean you're dead–she IS gorgeous.

      April 13, 2013 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • girlpearl

      Bob....you weren't too old to recognize beauty, so you're young at heart!

      April 13, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  48. thanos

    Its a beauty contest and she's gorgeous. That's all that matters.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoannaK

      Right on, thanos!

      April 13, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  49. BLE7481

    Am I OK if I don't care one way or the other?

    April 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Tom

    I'd say what I think of her, but my wife would put me outside to sleep! Enuf said, hope she wins. Too bad for the single men, that she does not like guys!

    April 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  51. al

    Whatever her race or orientation, she's cute as all heck. That's all I could care about.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  52. GetReal

    If she wins...they will make her black...I GuaranTEE!

    April 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • thanos

      If she walked into any White owned store or into a crowd of White people THEY would consider her Black. People don't have a magic x-ray that tells who is biracial and who isn't. At first glance anyone would think that she's Black. People like you are just mad because she isn't White.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • me

        So true and well put

        April 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • amused123

        Not true. I thought she was Fillipine

        April 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah

      actually on first glance she looks filipino..

      April 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. mr x

    so what is lgbt

    April 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  54. PatMcCann

    The poor, poor thing. She's stunningly gorgeous. How will she EVER cope??

    April 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      This statement is just garbage. You are a racist jerk and it's people like you that belong in hell. This is 2013. We have a black president. Everybody is equal. Deal with it or get out of the country.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Jackson

      @ Seriously – sure he's not bi-racial?

      April 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      Compared to others in this contest, she's average looking, at best.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  55. John

    Too the person deleting the comments it's called freedom of speech just because someone disagrees with you doesn't give you the right to remove the remarks. As long as the comments are clean they should remain.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      you do understand freedom of speech means you wont be jailed for what you said. it has nothing to do with moderation bagger.

      April 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • amused123

      Freedom of speech is only a protection from the government. CNN or anyone else is free to do as they please.

      April 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      freedom of speech does not apply to corporations, john. it only applies to government

      April 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  56. CrossCountry

    She's gorgeous. Who cares if she is a lesbian? not me....

    April 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  57. mkx seattle

    Being gay IS A CHOICE, I know. I fight this every day of my adult life. why? it goes against the moral fibers of who we are as human beings. Man and woman were ment to be together, not man and man/woman and woman.
    Personaly I dont care what you do in your home, just dont throw it in my face every day. Funny thing is I used to like tie-dyed shirts, but stoped wearing them due to the "gay" revolution...

    April 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL!

      "Being gay IS A CHOICE, I know. I fight this every day of my adult life. why? it goes against the moral fibers of who we are as human beings."

      Oh look someone who doesn't understand the difference between a bisexual and a homosexual. LOL!

      April 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nicole Chardenet

        Sounds to *me* like someone who's not cool with the fact that they're gay.

        April 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ID

      You keep spewing nonsense. Being gay has more to do with the senses that genetics my friend. Remove the senses from people (sigh, smell, touch, hearing) and you wouldn't know if you were gay or straight or bi. The brain gets excited through the senses and that then becomes wired into the brain. You can remove the senses of real genetic conditions such as autism and you'd still be autistic even without your senses. Well if you were born with no sight or smell or touch I guarantee that you would not be able to distinguish "gay" from the otherwise. You're stating BS and I'll call you on it.

      April 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wait...

      "The brain gets excited through the senses and that then becomes wired into the brain."

      They've proven gays have different brain types than straights.

      April 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dani

      You can choose to be gay. You can choose to not act on your "gayness" but the fact that you are "fighting" it daily means you are still gay…….you just aren't acting on it. Said for you to not be what God made you. And as far as her being mixed once most white ppl hear Black and Mexican they still just throw you in the "minority" cart regardless.

      April 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ID

      Again. Remove the senses and you can't distinguish between gay or the like. Being born with a skin condition happens regardless of the senses. Gay is strictly related to the senses and what stimulates the brain. Just because over time the brain develops in a different way due to the chemicals released during stimulation doesn't make it genetic. It is not defined, it is not a constant. Let's take a gay man and remove all of his senses and have a woman touch him, lets see what he does. If it's "genetic" he would innately know regardless, right?

      April 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Well...

      They have proved that brains of gays are different, but the question is more of a chicken and the egg, they don't know if being gay came first and then the change in the brain, or if the brain came first which made you gay.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetReal

      You dance divinely...really you do!

      April 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albert

      So according to the bible i'm certain you do not work on Sunday's,woman are not allowed to speak in church and all keep their hair covered.You don't eat pork or shellfish and do not wear cloth made of different animals.Ofcourse you have never been divorced either. You "people' love applying these bible rules to others but when asked by the bible to adhere to it's laws well,that different isn't it?

      April 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albert

      Ofcourse "Judge nt lest ye be judged' doesn't apply to you either does it? That's different

      April 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      I can choose Coke or Pepsi, and not struggle with it everyday.
      The choice a gay person has is weather to act on it or not. The desire to act on it is not a choice, since they cannot simple choose to have the thought or desire occur.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • amused123

      not all.

      April 12, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • amused123

      I love this one: slightly paraphrased: My daughter has a good head on her shoulder, she always clears the table when it's her turn and gets my shoes even, when asked. Tell me, what would a good price for her be?

      April 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imsirius

      Way to go, I would not have been able to clarify it as comprehensively as you did. Unfortunately there are numerous morons out there that do not understand science and who believe that Earth is 5000 years old, neither do they know what chromosomes are and how it affects the gender. Thank you (BTW I am straight and have tons of gay friends who are the most delightful people I know).

      April 13, 2013 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest2

      No, being gay is not a choice. Living a gay or straight lifestyle is a choice. It is so sad that you are in a position where you have to fight natural instincts everyday because some religious groups have convinced you that you are not OK. Life is too short for you be at war with yourself! The two choices you have left yourself: be alone or partner with someone who is not your first and to whom you are not attracted. That's not fair to you or the other person. Time to stand up for yourself!!

      April 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Moral fibers? I do not have any issues with you being gay...I lose no sleep or have any problems at all.

      April 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Jimbo

    Oh WOW....you really gonna go there, huh?

    April 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Rosy S

    in some states, not so much... in S. Carolina ... it's a big deal

    April 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jasmine

    She is a very brave and beautiful girl! It takes a lot of courage to go infront of a community who mainly does not support LGBT! Love is Love
    EQUALITY!!!

    April 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest2

      Beautifully said.

      April 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  61. ShawnC

    What a BEAUTIFUL WASTE...tear...

    April 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosy S

      don't worry, there are plenty of lovely young and straight ladies ... it's an abundant universe

      April 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Really?

    "The goal is to infilitrate the normal avenues by taking fringe stuff and making it appear as normal."

    Because it is normal. Heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience.

    April 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Evolutionisforunaccountability

    Hmm.

    April 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  64. NC828

    This is truly a non-story. She is one of how many contestants in the South Carolina Miss America contest? There are how many national contests with how many contestants? Do the math! Without having the exact numbers, I'm sure the total of contestants nationally has to be in the neighborhood of 2,500 and this article is written as if she is ready to wear the winner's crown and true to CNN, it's due to racism if she isn't ultimately crowned Miss America.

    April 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      If she was just like the other 2,500 contestants, she wouldn't be unique enough to warrant a story.

      April 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • funny man

        You have a good point. Has anybody asked "Is she really gay?" She could be just trying to get attention.

        April 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Shane

    Yawn . . .

    April 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Shane

    LOL!!! I'm with you on that. . . She's very attractive.

    April 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Evan Wilthenall

    Wow!
    Eleven thumbs up!

    April 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Shuazaki

    By that logic, Rosa Parks should have just given up here seat on the bus, and went to law school to fight about it. I'm sure she would have been just as effective an advocate of change if she had done that.

    Or maybe, small changes here and there are what really change societal views on things. Just a thought.

    April 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      I don't think hateful prejudice people actually use their brains much.

      April 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • craigrb

      Rosa Parks? Seriously? You are comparing outright racial discrimination against someone allowed to enter a beauty pageant today with no reservations whatsoever? A little perspective here. This is a non-story; being gay/lesbian today is hip and cool and trendy. Not exactly the case for black people in Rosa Park's time.

      April 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • michael

        You're absolutely right. Being black has never been hip nor trendy.

        April 13, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
      • sam stone

        hip, cool and trendy?

        April 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Shuazaki

    By that logic, Rosa Parks should have just given up here seat on the bus, and went to law school to fight about it. I'm sure she would have been just as effective an advocate of change if she had done that.

    Or maybe, small changes here and there are what really change societal views on things. Just a thought.

    April 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  70. gonewiththewind

    It's not on the verge. It IS.

    April 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  71. ph

    How does this bi-racial person with a preference for the same put this on a resume?
    BFD.

    April 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Frank

    Well at least now we know you're not a decent role model of humanity.

    April 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Frank

    "Please take your Gay Agenda and shove it up yours."

    Since you don't understand this is about equality and civil rights why don't you take your uneducated hate out of this country!

    April 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Frank

    "There are other venues for people like this to espouse their views without trivializing what is the decent stuff."

    So you should go to those hate group venues you'd fit in nicely there because what you are doing isn't decent at all!

    April 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  75. DB

    If you win a pageant and nobody cares, does it make a sound?

    April 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • craigrb

      only on CNN.

      April 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  76. nope

    "There are other venues for people like this to espouse their views without trivializing what is the decent stuff."

    Yeah like taking your child to see a pedophile priest!

    April 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Aly

    This Truth guy though?! There are plenty of clinical psychiatric research studies that he could be apart of. Judging by his paranoid and bizarre delusions, as well as his disorganized speech and thinking, he clearly needs to seek a psychiatrist. It would also behoove him, and the rest of society, that he seek a surgeon for a vasectomy. People of his nature should never breed; they don't produce viable offspring.

    April 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummmm

      No what the trolls like Till and Truth are about is low self esteem issues, they have to target others so they can feel good about themselves. That is what trolling and bullying is all about and yes they should seek professional help.

      April 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kita

      I would not make fun of the truth person he could be the next bat man if you know what I mean

      April 13, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  78. tjp44

    there was no outrage idiot because they didn't lie about it or try to cover it up like obama and Hillary....funny how youlibs forget the "facts" as they are not irrelevant.......BCZU

    April 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Garner

      Bush allowed THOUSANDS of Americans to die in Iraq and Afghanistan without knowing why or what the hell we he was doing there. Where is your outrage?

      April 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • spakole

      Randy, that is just a blatant ignorant statement. We went to Afghanistan because thats where Al Qaeda was being supported/protected by the Taliban. We went into Iraq because we thought there was WMDs(right or wrong).

      Yes, soldiers died. This happens when you are in a state of war.

      Your boy BO is the weakest, most incompetent president we have ever had, or will ever see. Not only did his administration not support the security requests of our diplomats, they did nothing and have done NOTHING in response to this. Your response is to point at Bush. Why do you blame Bush? because you have no defense, no argument to justify this president.

      April 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmmer

      4 Americans died as a result of Obama's incompetence.

      4000 Americans died because of Bush's incompetence.

      Seriously, why do conservatives not hold Bush accountable for the complete and utter failure of his foreign policy and economic policies.

      Bush left the country in an economic spiral, a failed housing market, a banking industry hanging on by a thread and bailed out by taxpayers, unemployment skyrocketing, and the US mired in a politically justified trillion dollar war in Iraq based on fabrications and misinformation.

      I am no fan of Barack Obama, but GWB was the worst president in US history by an exponential margin.

      It is not even close.

      Jimmy Carter did not even leave the country in as bad shape as GWB did.

      May 30, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  79. Marshall Lee

    Good luck, Analouise! You are an inspiration to many people, including me. I really hope that this makes a difference in this world.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  80. notraitors

    BC, please cite the dates and locations of these attacks

    April 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Suzie

    I think she is beautiful! You go girl!

    April 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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