Kataluna Enriquez will represent the great state of Nevada in the upcoming Miss USA pageant, the first out trans woman to do so. Cue the conservative outrage machine!
The medical administrator and model took the state crown this week to advance to the national event:
Via The Advocate:
Now crowned Miss Nevada, Enriquez will lend her voice and time to the LGBTQIA Center of Southern Nevada and Las Vegas TransPride, specifically advocating for victims of abuse.
Activists see Enriquez’s victory, and her comfortable embrace of her identity, as a huge boon for trans youth with too few role models.
“I love that Miss USA and the organization is open and accepting of all kinds of women,” Enriquez said. “I am a woman, this is my experience, and this is who I am. [My win] wasn’t necessarily focused on me being trans; it was my special gift if anything.”
Here are some clips from her winning competition:
Congrats! We will be rooting for you, Kataluna!
Image: YouTube / The Pride Tree