Life Imitating ‘Miss Congeniality’: Miss New York Wins With Gay Rights Platform

Remember that part of Miss Congeniality (yes, you do), where Miss Rhode Island comes out as a lesbian in front of the entire Miss Whatever pageant? And it’s hip and progressive, but also funny because pageant girls are (unfortunately) pigeonholed as the Carrie Prejean anti-gay-sex/pro-secret-porn-tape type.

Luckily this year’s Miss New York is here to combat that stereotype: Claire Buffie won the preliminaries for Miss America in her state earlier this summer with a platform on gay rights. She’s the first woman in the pageant’s 100-year history to be campaigning on this issue, so hopefully Perez will go easy on her.

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