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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  1. OK whatever

    Oh yeah, she's a real trailblazer.

    April 12, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You're right. Coming out as bi-racial (when it is far from a stigma in the USA anymoer [basically since 1970]), being a lesbian (another 'courageous' announcement to a population that welcomes lesbians for the most part) and being a beauty queen at the same time (the epitome of mindless girls being objects of desire instead of being recognized for any actual talent or usefulness) is just sooooo'brave' and noteworthy.

      April 12, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Truth

        Black and gay... I can't think of anyone more genetically bankrupt.

        April 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph

        @Truth False. You are morally bankrupt. I hope you believe in religion, so you know where your going down under.. and I am not talking about Australia

        April 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Truth

        Says the one who believes in magical men in the sky.

        April 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph

        Seriously? Have you not been reading my comments correctly? Obviously not. But what should I expect from a troll/half-wit.

        April 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. amr

    you know she's a lesbian, not transgender, right? she's a woman who wants to be a woman... she just is attracted to other women.

    April 12, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. KM

    Oh, is she also infertile? Because there are plenty of lesbians who have biological children.

    April 12, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Peoples State of Illinois


    April 12, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stan

    HA! Nice one. I, and every guy here feels your pain.

    April 12, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. snowdogg

    Who really cares about the Miss America thing... or any other "beauty" contest for that matter?

    April 12, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • whorhay

      Why does anyone like anything that other people dislike? It's not really anyone elses business what another person does or doesn't like to do in their own time so long as they aren't hurting someone else. I dislike a lot of the more popular professional sports, gansta rap, most country music, plenty of emo pop and rock music, most sitcoms, soap operas, and a nearly limitless number of other things. And frankly unless I start interfering with another persons enjoyment of those things it shouldn't matter to anyone else.

      So if you aren't interested in a topic and are just here to behave like a troll you can get lost, no one cares about you or your inferiority complex.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. i AM

    Which part of this little girl gets to you. The fact that she is a female, a black, an hispanic, a lesbian ? You have more than enough to choose from, Ot, is it the combination of all.

    April 12, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Binny

    No, "Mexican" is not a race. It's not black, either. Her dad is Mexican, her mom is black...she's bi-racial.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Skeptimist

    I prefer Formula 1 over NASCAR. Does that mean I'm a racist?

    April 12, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • OK whatever

      You Philistines obviously have no appreciation for the exquisite art of the left-only turn!

      April 12, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Joseph

        I wish there was a like button, whelp here's an upvote cI

        April 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hkirwin

    Over welfare moms, leeches, deadbeat, criminals, felons, and illegals???????/ I bet your home is a peach.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. ko

    really truth be told- u have to reach that far back? hey- news flash- not every white person in america came from people who owned slaves. most came from Germany, Poland, or other places during the great period of immigration.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    You started off well…. But then completely lost me. For one..you don’t need to be a minority to know what racism is. Also.. blaming people for what their forefathers did is tribal nonsense.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nate

    funniest i heard all day. made my morning!!

    April 12, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. lizmcq

    what a silly thing to say... what are you, like, 12?

    April 12, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    No, he means that being pushed to not just accept deviant behaviors, but worship them as well.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  16. truthbetold

    No, the nest contest will be brother and sister couples, like you mama and papa!!

    April 12, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  17. Monkey

    Why? What's the problem?

    April 12, 2013 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. Monkey

    How's it going down the drain?

    April 12, 2013 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  19. GetReal

    Why the fanfare?

    April 12, 2013 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • hkirwin

      Here is a novel idea.....move. I bet they won't miss you.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  20. humtake


    Wake me when the media stops being an outlet for discrimination.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  21. Juan

    Maybe it's not a race but they are a hell of a lot different than those of us from Puerto Rico. I hate when people put us in the same category as Mexicanos.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil T. Listener

      Just how many people from Spain feel about being bucketed in with Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, etc.

      April 12, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      Yes, Juan. They are different than us, Puerto Ricans. They have enough class not t make a stupid comment like yours. They also speak great Spanish, not the crappy Spanglish us Islanders are so famous for. They don't do ghetto like our people from the caserios, nor do they live off the government like so many of our people do. Good for them to be different than us!

      April 12, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Juan

        Are you serious? They speak the worst Spanish of anyone!

        April 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Nexus974

    I do not care if you are biracial.
    I do not care if you are gay.
    I don't care if you are a black, gay, left handed, double amputee dwarf.
    'Ms. America' is still a waste of time.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  23. reagan

    my thoughts exactly

    April 12, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  24. Shadoman

    Well said.

    April 12, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  25. sburns54

    Why would you come here for "real" news? Why did you click on this article? CNN is part of the info-tainment industry. You want news, go to the BBC or NYTimes or the WSJ or whatever you consider a "serious" news source. It's like reading "People" magazine and complaining there are no financial reports.

    April 12, 2013 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  26. itsover

    Sounds about right

    April 12, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  27. g

    oh yea this is cnn the network that brought you the term "white-hispanic"

    April 12, 2013 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  28. mantirig41

    Yes of course, they are from the bean colony.

    April 12, 2013 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  29. marsilius

    Where in this article is it stated, as you claim it is, that "Mexican" is a race?

    April 12, 2013 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • scgirl

      The CNN article stated "Biracial" so figure it out-

      April 12, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • marsilius

      SCgirl: I saw that, too, but saying that is NOT saying "Mexican" is a race.

      April 12, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  30. itsover

    I see girls that look like her 50 times a day, next please.

    April 12, 2013 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      That must be depressing, seeing ugly women such as this so often. You must live on the East Coast?

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

        You are the type who loves to feed on the despair of others. What snake of a parent spawned your deviled egg..

        April 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Truth

        You must be one of these ugly women we speak of.

        April 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Whizerd67

        If you are in despair, maybe you should think about being a real human.

        Although I am NOT defending Truth (the poster) because of his
        'black' racial comments that I think should be toned-down, but he/she has a right to..I will say this...

        The truth only hurts and angers those that are liars, and those that lay with and follow liars. It is the ONLY ones it CAN hurt.

        April 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph

        Haha I am a straight male and very likely waaaaaaaaay better looking than you I can guarantee it 😉

        April 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  31. coolg

    A bi-racial lesbian from south carolina? the only weird thing about that is the south carolina thing. yikes

    April 12, 2013 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  32. myway

    Who cares. This is her life, her dream and her reality. It's the pursuit of happyness in action. Just let her be herself.

    April 12, 2013 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  33. David Laidig

    I I like what the young people say..... In case you do not know how they feel, it is a great big WHO CARES. If she has talent and beauty she is qualified. She is a heartbreaker!

    April 12, 2013 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  34. Mopper

    Well why not ...its 2013 isn't it? Hell why not have a trans-gender Miss America or better still any guy who wants to be Miss America...a winsome Madam Adam. When archaeolgists of the future look back to see why a civilzation has died, they will have a field day going thru the 'Hell in a handbag ' articles of this media outlet.

    April 12, 2013 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
    • mabear87

      We have idiots like Demint from South Carolina, and Graham is not much better. e know there are no educated people in Kentucky (McConnell and idiot Paul). They all were elected. What is wrong with these people? Did anyone get past the third grade? These states should cecede, take care of thmselves and save the rest of the country a great deal of money. Most of our welfare recipients are white people from these backward states.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Truth

        At least half of the people in Kentucky are light years ahead of you in IQ and common knowledge, especially if I judge you based on your atrocious grammar.
        Just saying, pot meet kettle.

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

        @Truth That is a hilarity coming from one such as yourself. Your charm is a cow's nature, and your wit is as finite as a rock.

        April 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Emitr

    Biracial, lesbian, and she even has two nostrils.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  36. ricoshey

    She is african american(mother) & mexican(father), but i knew what you meant if you were being funny, but if not, this is what was said in the article.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  37. peterego

    CNN is shoving the "we are all equal and you better love it" rhetoric down our throats.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • scott0604

      Imagine that, the idea that all people should be treated fairly! It's disgusting. As if all men are created equal or something.

      April 12, 2013 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
      • UncleBenny

        @amongidiots: all men are created equal? Ever heard of down syndrome?

        Ever heard of the rest of the statement? "... that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Thomas Jefferson (ever heard of him?) was stating that all men (his words, not mine) possessed equality of rights, not that they were equal in every way. Sheesh.

        April 12, 2013 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      The ones screaming the loudest for equality, are most often the ones least equal. Here's looking at you, gays and blacks. Equality is simply out of your reach.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph

        The chip you have on your shoulder is becoming unavoidably noticeable. Lets start your first therapy session right now:

        Why are like this? What has been done to you to make you feel this way? Would you like a shoulder to cry on?

        April 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Gail

    Wow, I can not believe we live in a world that many people can not or do not want to see how we all are connected. Let's find a way to live together folks and stop all the hatred and violence so we can save this planet and ourselves. Wake up please.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Wrecks24

      How can you save the world if you cant reproduce?

      April 12, 2013 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
      • scott0604

        Not reproducing may be the very thing that saves the world. 7 billion and counting.

        April 12, 2013 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Wrecks24


        April 12, 2013 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
      • UncleBenny

        What possible connection could there be between saving the world and reproducing? Guess someone should have told Mother Teresa to give up.

        April 12, 2013 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Truth

        If we can just have more Whites and Asians reproducing, and drastically lower the black population, we'd at least have a great start at fixing the world.

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

      Now THAT...was a right purty speech, m'am. I can feel the peace breakin' out all over. As for Miss S.C. if she had one more "disadvantage" I'd put down about 10 grand on her winning the Miss American pageant, just from the PC vote alone.

      April 12, 2013 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
      • liz

        She could also be part Asian and a Dwarf. Not THAT would be a real minority.

        April 12, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Ok, now you are in charge. Next week you will be fired because your kids cannot even agree in which flavor of Pop Tarts to have for breakfast.

      April 12, 2013 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      More people need to watch the travel channel!!

      April 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Herewe Goagain

    Bi-racial and lesbian? She's guaranteed to win then, since its rigged.

    April 12, 2013 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Even with these disastrous character flaws, she'll still lose, and then blame straight White Men for it lol.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. jm


    April 12, 2013 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  41. jm


    April 12, 2013 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  42. hassle

    She is hot. I hope she loses and decides to enter the world of adult movies. Yeah!!!

    April 12, 2013 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  43. Bored

    Yawn. Not newsworthy. What a joke this country has become.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • jm

      I couldn't agree more!

      April 12, 2013 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
      • James PDX

        And yet you're both still here. I guess it's the best joke around.

        April 12, 2013 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      Actually, the sad joke is that for much of the backwards, conservative South, this story IS newsworthy.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Cocostik9

        I agree. I've lived in that area before.

        April 12, 2013 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • starsnbars

      Hey! Guess what?! I'm a straight white girl with pretty hair! Where's my five minutes of fame????

      April 12, 2013 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Rikki

        Please refer to the last nearly hundred years of this pageant, or read a celebrtiy gossip magazine, open a fashion magazine, go to a movie, watch a tv show, etc. You're right. Straight white girls are so under-represented. Just like straight white middle-aged congressmen. You poor oppressed soul.

        April 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph

        Boom roasted

        April 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      When your country begins pandering to the weakest of the weak (gays, blacks, others who cannot do anything for themselves without outside help), the entire chain fails. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, etc.
      We need to get back to our White principles, the ones that you know, actually built this country from the dirt up, if we want a fighting chance against the rest of the world. Which, I might add, don't have our black problem holding them down, and are evolving, while we are being held back.

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

        Really black people are weak. Is that why white people can't go outside in the sun without getting burned to a crisp, and along with that developing melanoma from skin cancer. Do you mean weak like that, going outside can kill you. You are joke and I can understand why mus_lims hate you so much.

        April 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  44. christopher Rose

    Hey even white boys gotta shout.. man she is super fiiiine! Good luck to her! I envy her future lesbian partner! ;D

    April 12, 2013 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      White men know better than to practice bestiality with any black. We don't want the super AIDS.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Chuck

    A non issue, turned into an issue

    April 12, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  46. woodie

    What a shame she is gay. I don't think she stands a chance. She does not represent young women in America very well. Maybe if they had a gay pageant.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Whizerd67

      No, but they sure are letting her brainwash the ones that don't know.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jeff

    What happened to the post from Richard?. The one a few minutes ago waiving the Bible and in everyone's face???? Now THAT was funny!

    April 12, 2013 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • richard

      it's hard to face reality, isn't it? it's easy to laugh, isn't it?

      April 12, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Jeff

        Reality???? Other than that collection of stories and man made theological conventions...what part of that fiction can you reproduce as fact or reality as you say? It is not. It is faith. Your faith. Not reality....the religious right has lost this arguement because the only side presented starts, with, "the Bible says." Where in science or society does anyone give creedence to an idea supported by or theory supported by ONE source and one source alone Richard? You know the answer: none. To espouse your BELIFE is certainly your right. To present it as fact is deceitful as, being the intellectual you are Richard, deep down you know fact is tangible whereas religion, well, is the furthest thing from tangible. this is why you must have faith that it exists. I am glad you have your faith Richard. You need it and it is good for you. If I believed in your god I would say, "god bless." As I do not, I will simply say, I wish you well.

        April 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Doe

        What? did that even make sense?

        April 13, 2013 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  48. richard

    what a sick, fully disgusting thing. it is because our country has become very, very evil. this is very sad, but even more it is very frightening. hell is real folks. Jesus is real, and he said hell was real, and he wasn't a liar, and he is alive today, and he is Lord, and he is coming back to earth, and he will judge people, and eternity will be here for each of us before we know it, and are we saved, or are we still damned? if you have not believed on Jesus Christ and do not obey him, you are still damned. believe on him today. do not be like our evil country. most people will be in hell in 100 years from now. will you be one of them?

    April 12, 2013 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Really????.......I mean.....wow.....really?

      April 12, 2013 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
      • James

        "hey, I didn't say it, the Bible did."

        Being gay is not a sin. The scriptures actually say nothing about homosexuality as a psychosexual orientation. Our understandings of sexual orientation are distinctly modern ones that were not present in the minds of Scripture writers. A few passages of Scripture (seven at the most) object to certain types of same-sex expressions or acts. The particular acts in question, however, are sexual expressions which are exploitative, oppressive, commercialized, or offensive to ancient purity rituals. There is no Scriptural guidance for same-sex relationships which are loving and mutually respecting. Guidelines for these relationships should come from the same general Scriptural norms that apply to heterosexual relationships.

        April 12, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Rick, people like you just won't get the scriptures it's written "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Don't mistake this for judging you because I'm not. There is a real God, Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ lives. Go to church sometime and check it out. I was 7yrs when I was forgiven\saved and cleansed by the fire of the Holy Spirit (a real and physical event) and if a kid from NW Indy can be forgiven anybody can if the allow the spirit to work in them. If not go ahead and harden your heart and take the Wide path because "every knee shall bow." Have a Blessed Day.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shayb42

      You're spouting religion yet standing in judgement...guess you MISSED that part in the bible...NOT your job.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • jesussaves777

        God has already judged that sin and every other sin. Jesus came to reveal truth and the truth will set you free from sin, death, and hell. Jesus did not come to do away with the law, but fulfill the law. Jesus died so we would not continue to be enslaved to sin or the resulting death and eternal seperation from a loving, Holy, Just, and Righteous God.

        April 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jimh77

    Good for her, I wish her well and I actually hope she wins big. It will be another step forward in the evolution of America and as a people of planet earth. If anyone thinks we are the most advanced species on the planet, sorry to say, so wrong an answer that would be. There has been many before us and not speculating, maybe better. We will know in the future when our futures play out.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • jesussaves777

      Another big banger" speaks again. Your pet monkey may be smarter than you, but you didn't "evolve " from his momma. Your whole reasoning is flawed. The universe did not create itself; your "big bang" theory was made up because people like you do not want to admit you are accountable to someone greater than yourself.

      April 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jeff

    A lesbian that doesn't look like Pete Rose?? Awesome!!!

    April 12, 2013 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • TS

      So wrong, yet so funny at the same time.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  51. Steve Bennet

    More power to her! One for the vault...

    April 12, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      One for the trash bin*

      April 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  52. ScottCamp

    Vinny, you're a real class act.
    You couldn't get laid in a women's prison with a pocket full of Weekend Pardons.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  53. Bill

    I don't care about all that stuff. The girl us GORGEOUS! Oh my god she is beautiful!

    I wish so bad she was not a lesbian. Not like I would meet her, but I gots hopes!

    April 12, 2013 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • No gays please

      She's not hot at all.

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

        She has a horse face. Plus she's black, that's just disgusting.

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

      You don't care about that stuff because you are ignorant and know absolutely nothing.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I guess if you have one in a billion chance then at least you have a chance. At least that is positive thinking...

      April 12, 2013 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  54. the_dude

    I'll see your biracial lesbian and raise you three transgendered, post-op she-males.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  55. broomberg

    Next ) I want to marry my god and get the same right as any body .

    April 12, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • G Bro

      I expect that you meant to say "dog."

      April 12, 2013 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  56. saturn7

    looks possibly trans gender to me as well. What a stinking mess this country has become.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Yeah because we still have bigoted people like you in it.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  57. Mr C

    More power to her. Look what she says her campaign is about – equality. That's the thing our culture is working through right now and that means we must hear about it. And equality is about respect, something greatly lacking in many quarters of the US right now.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  58. Mort Ringworm

    I tried like hell to stifle a yawn reading this story. Almost made it, too.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  59. DJL

    Don't forget the piece of straw to stick in their teeth. 😉

    April 12, 2013 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  60. good grief

    Don't get your PC granny panties in a wad, he was complimenting her attractiveness.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  61. NorCalMojo

    Get over yourself

    April 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Pete

    Biracial? Is this really news worthy? Lesbian? Is this really news worthy? Pretty much everyone, at the end of the day, is biracial; a lot of white people have Native American lineage, south american lineage, Asian, etc., etc. The president is biracial, the Kardashians are biracial - Jon Boehner is biracial (how else does he have such a great tan?) Lesbians.... Aren't pretty much all girls lesbian? At least they have fantasies about it (I certainly do).

    April 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  63. peter5992

    Beautiful girl – best of luck to her. Go get 'em Ana.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Michael

    I wished all the boundaries would hurry up and get broken so I don't have to keep hearing about it everyday.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  65. I swearra gawd

    imagine her without that long hair she would be ugly even as a man!

    April 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  66. sacredlady

    Who really gives a rat's behind about who she sleeps with?? This is not even news worthy.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  67. urmomlol

    I'm a straight man, but I've been thinking about experimenting with lesbianism

    April 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Sam

    Is there anyone out there who actually watches the Miss America Pageant or cares about it?

    April 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      Gays and ex beauty queens

      April 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ANNIER


      April 12, 2013 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  69. CARLinAC

    This is a classy comment thread, folks.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  70. lobo joe

    The good news is your defective spelling and grammatical skills clearly define you as an ignorant bigot.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  71. USA

    Why is it necessary to announce if you're straight, gay, bi? Just do the stupid contest and keep it fair. If no one knows your personal business then how the he?? can it be called bigotory if you don't win?

    April 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  72. John

    Obviously she just needs to get the D, she probably doesn't know about it yet!

    April 11, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  73. albie

    kinda gross – what a waste

    April 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  74. aaronpaulfoster

    I bet you $100 she's married to a guy by the time she's 30.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      If we're going to wait that long to resolve the bet, you better figure out what the Yen equivalent is.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  75. Nadine

    So what else is new?

    April 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  76. larry

    No matter what she proclaims to be I bet there still a lot of guys out there whose right hand is sore right now.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Women in Texas

      Larry:Get a grip on yourself. No one in the country cares about what you lonely straight guys do with yourselves. Any woman in South Carolina that moves the state out of the 19th century is a leader to me and the rest of the female population in the country. Grow up and move on with life.

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

        sounds like larry's got a good grip on himself, if you ask me.

        April 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jason

        You just told the pervert to get a grip on himself. My day: Made.

        April 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  77. MC of Ceremonies

    You know, FGM and ritual murder are okay in some cultures.

    Agreed those are extreme examples, but it illustrates the point that even if something is societally accepted, it can e wrong.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Gunny

    She's biracial!? The humanity!

    April 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  79. InsertCoolSoundingUsernameHere

    Being biracial and being lesbian have nothing to do with each other.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron


      But...being either makes one an underdog in this contest.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • She'll

      They are both discriminated against, especially in South Carolina.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • kel

      Yeah and it's all on your head you clown.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Shabazz

      Yes, but she's blessed and fortunately enough to be at least 50% Black.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jm

      Do you know who the weakest babies are when born?... Damn genetics:(

      April 12, 2013 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      A great example of False Mirroring.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Keyser Soze

      i think you're just jealous, nate.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  80. ElmerGantry

    Ooooops ...wonders...

    April 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Archer

    Now if she were only disabled and in the US illegally. That would REALLY be American!

    April 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Bob22

    Kick this abomination out. The good people of South Carolina have banned gay marriage and they should ban her too.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      I've been to South Carolina quite a few times and I like many of the people I met there. Thank goodness I didn't meet you Bob22.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike124

      Ban her for what?

      April 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • bribarian


      April 12, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      "Kick this abomination out."

      It's not an abomination. The scriptures actually say nothing about homosexuality as a psychosexual orientation. Our understandings of sexual orientation are distinctly modern ones that were not present in the minds of Scripture writers. A few passages of Scripture (seven at the most) object to certain types of same-sex expressions or acts. The particular acts in question, however, are sexual expressions which are exploitative, oppressive, commercialized, or offensive to ancient purity rituals. There is no Scriptural guidance for same-sex relationships which are loving and mutually respecting. Guidelines for these relationships should come from the same general Scriptural norms that apply to heterosexual relationships.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  83. Inciteful

    Regardless of anything else, she is beautiful!

    April 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Phil

    Hooray! Now biracial lesbians are allowed to objectify themselves just like the straight white ones! So glad society values this nonsense...

    April 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Drawnblud

    She is exactly what lesbians look like in my head....good job.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  86. sandwich

    Hahahahah WHAT'S WITH CNN?

    April 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  87. jdurand

    Vanessa Williams.

    Been there, done that.

    April 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  88. dajowi

    Instead of calling herself bi-racial how about a Blexican lesbian? 🙂

    April 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Mclovin


    April 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  90. bi-racial is twice as hot

    That is all.

    April 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Joel

    Please slither back into the sewer from whence you crawled.

    April 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Erik

    You are a poor excuse for a human being to not like someone because of their race, Black is beautiful, you are a loser, I am so happy God made me Black!

    April 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Joel

    Please slither back into the sewer from which you crawled.

    April 11, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Joel

    >> There hasn't been negative feedback, Valencia says. So far. But she's prepared to cope with ugliness if it surfaces.

    So she's been subjected to a lot less hatred and prejudice than Tea Party members have been. Kind of puts it into focus where the real hatred in America is coming from these days . . .

    April 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  95. nick

    this country is doomed

    April 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      Welcome to the wonderful world of refugee FAUX NEWS bloggers!

      April 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saria

      This country was doomed the day white people step off their boats, if you want validation ask the native Americans how much they have destroyed their land since Columbus supposedly "Discovered" America.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph

        If you really think about it, its the great unspoken holocaust. Close to 100 million inhabited the Americas before disease decimated their population.

        April 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  96. paigeduffylewis

    Shattering stereotypes by being biracial? Where have you been? Most Americans are biracial, and many of them are pageant winners. Being a lesbian is odd, because there are more biracial women than lesbians, so the pure mathematics explains that. However, if she doesn't compete well, will the S.C. pageant be charged with bigotry as is the weapon of choice for small-minded, intolerant Leftists, who cannot allow traditional values to exist without demonizing them?

    April 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      Dude you are a real idiot, a class A certified idiot, there are scores of good looking Black people and furthermore you have nerve to talk, you red face pigment lacking can't go in the sun without burning a** fool!

      April 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  97. William

    She wants to show the judges how "passionate' she is?
    I guarantee she brings her partner and a few more hotties on stage and shows them her 'eating' skills, she gonna' win hands down!

    April 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  98. DJ Reality

    Welcome to the end of the civilized world.

    April 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LesbianGoddess

      Why would a lesbian be interested to get a perfect 10 from males judges at a beauty contest aimed at a male audience

      Last time I talked to gay women, they are not attracted to the same women that men are attracted to.

      It just seem verry odd

      April 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • OK whatever

      Really? I've been looking forward to this for decades. Kind of disappointing, really... Oh well.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Ronald McDonald

    She just thinks shes gay but she is really not. There is no way someone so good looking could really be gay.

    April 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUH

      @Ronald: What a retarded statement. Crawl out from under that rock you've been under. There ARE good looking lesbians out there. DUH.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • OK whatever

        Please don't feed the trolls.

        April 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  100. DJ Reality

    This is getting to be too much.

    April 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
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