Missouri Woman Is Miss America Pageant’s First Openly Lesbian Contestant

The official Facebook of Miss Missouri 2016, Erin O’Flaherty, representing Missouri at the Miss America Organization Competition LIVE 9/11 on ABC!

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'SO happy to have squeezed in a 5k before our dinner event tonight. It's so important for me to maintain my fitness even when I'm away and can't go to @[805731236125212:274:Shred415] . Running gives me so much clarity and I'm feeling centered going into interview tomorrow morning! #MissAmerica #MissMissouri #shred415' 'Ahhhh...tonight was absolutely perfect. Thank you so much @[153387924678494:274:Red Door Spa] for pampering us! Feeling relaxed and refreshed for competition week! #MissAmerica #MissMissouri' 'Up and at em for Day 5! Don't forget to keep voting at MissAmerica.org/vote! #MissAmerica #MissMissouri'
'I've never met a crown I didn't love Had a blast taking a break from rehearsals to enjoy some retail therapy at @[138016469551880:274:Playground Pier] ! #MissAmerica #MissMissouri #FlowerPower' 'Thank you @[340797185965889:274:Camilyn Beth] for dressing me for our fabulous dinner at @[154590754601164:274:Golden Nugget Atlantic City]. I am so thankful for all of our sponsors this week and throughout the year! The Miss America experience has been absolutely perfect so far.'

 

“I really want people to know I’m not one-dimensional, I’ll be an incredible Miss America, I’ll promote (Miss America’s partner organization) Children’s Miracle Network, I’ll promote suicide prevention. Whether I’m Miss America or not, I’ll continue to do that.”

Miss America 2017 airs live from Atlantic City on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.