Meet the first American beauty queen who is openly trans

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26-year-old Anita Grant is the first openly transgender person to fight for the title of Miss USA. She cast the Missoula branch of the Montana Democrats’ vote for Bernie Sanders – and on Sunday, she smashed through another glass ceiling. Ahead of the event, she said: “I would encourage the public to vote for me because they would be taking an active role in making history. There has never been an openly transgender woman to win a state title within the United States. I would be honoured to be the first!” And though she was not crowned she said that taking part in such a competition is already a win and not only for her but for the whole trans community: “I hope that competing inspires other transgender people to feel confident in themselves, and to feel comfortable to be who they are and not be ashamed of their transgender status,” she said. She also calls her fellow contestants very kind and accepting people and says it was a really wonderful experience.

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