Miss America is finally getting its first out lesbian contestant. Erin O' Flaherty, Miss Missouri, will be the first openly gay woman to compete for the Miss America crown, taking place this weekend.

"Behind the scenes, we've been well-represented, but I'm the first openly gay title holder, so I'm very excited," she told the Associated Press. "I knew going in that I had the opportunity to make history. Now I get to be more visible to the community and meet more people."