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Erin O'Flaherty          

Miss Missouri 2016; First Openly Gay Miss America Contestant

Erin O'Flaherty held the title of Miss Missouri 2016. Devoting her time to philanthropic and social causes, she focuses on LGBT advocacy and suicide prevention efforts in conjunction with The Trevor Project and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In September of 2016, she was heralded as a trailblazer in the LGBTQ community, making history as the first openly lesbian woman to compete on the Miss America stage. She has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, and in The New York Times, among others. In January of 2019, Erin founded Equalitee Co., an LGBTQ+ apparel brand aimed to help people wear their pride and live out proud. Erin is an active member of the Human Rights Campaign and holds a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. She currently resides with her wife in sunny Orlando, Florida where she works full time as a Real Estate Advisor for Compass.


Meet Miss America's First Openly-Gay Contestant - NBC News
Erin O'Flaherty competes as Miss Missouri and the first openly-gay contestant in the Miss America pageant.

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