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Erin O'Flaherty      

Miss Missouri 2016; First Openly Gay Miss America Contestant

Erin O'Flaherty is an American beauty pageant titleholder who held the title of Miss Missouri in the Miss America 2017 pageant. She is the first openly lesbian contestant to compete in Miss America.

Prior to competing in the Miss America 2017 conference, O'Flaherty was crowned the 2016 Miss Missouri, becoming the first openly gay woman to win a state pageant.

In 2013, she was crowned Miss University of Central Florida. While there, she was an ambassador for Children's Miracle Network.

O'Flaherty's platform is suicide prevention, a cause close to her heart from losing her best friend to suicide and experiencing her first funeral at the age of 13. As an advocate for suicide prevention, she works with The Trevor Project, a hotline for LGBT youth, and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. As well, her pageant talent is a vocal performance.

She is the owner of the boutique owner of a boutique called Rachel's Grove.

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