“Progressive is not exactly a word people might think of when you think Missouri,” O’Flaherty told the Riverfront Times. (Or, for that matter, Miss America.) “I didn’t choose to be the first; I just am. Often you hear that our politics don’t always match our people and I think that’s really true.”

O’Flaherty also told the Associated Press, “My focus of my year isn’t going to be that I’m gay. It’s certainly a big part of who I am, and I will be promoting it and raising awareness for the LGBT community. But also there will be many appearances that I do that have nothing to do with that.”


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