Miss Maryland Crowns First Transgender Winner: ‘I Knew It Would Mean a Lot for All the LGBTQ Kids Out There’


The Miss Maryland USA beauty pageant has crowned its first-ever transgender winner, with contestant Bailey Anne Kennedy taking the top prize this week.

Bailey Anne Kennedy — a biological male who identifies as a woman — will go on to compete in the Miss USA competition set for August 4 in Los Angeles.

In addition to being Miss Maryland’s first trans winner, Kennedy is also the first military officer’s wife to win the crown.

This has been a “whirlwind because I knew it was bigger than me,” Kennedy told local news station WDCW. “I knew that it was going to mean a lot for all the LGBTQ kids out there who might feel like they don’t belong in a box — like me growing up.”











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