Here's what you need to know this week for lesbian, bisexual and transgender news!


Miss Missouri, First Openly Lesbian Miss America Contestant

(SFGN) Erin O’ Flaherty. Miss Missouri, was one of 52 contestants competing for the 2016 Miss America crown Sunday.

“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 in a recent interview. “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.”

O'Flaherty competed on the platform of preventing suicide, which disproportionately affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, Reuters reports.

"It's really important for me just to exist in this capacity as completely who I am and be open and proud about it for the LGBT community," she said.

While O’Flaherty is the first Miss America contestant to win a title while out, others have come out after competing. Djuan Trent, competed as Miss Kentucky in 2011 finished in the top 10, and came out as a lesbian in 2014 according to the AP.


Bisexuals at Disadvantage in Dating Pool

(SFGN) A new study conducted by adult toy website Adam & Eve surveyed more than 1000 participants ages 18 and older to find that 47 percent said they would never date a bisexual person, 35 percent said were open to the idea, and 19 percent were undecided, according to a statement by Adam & Eve.

Of these, more men than women (39% versus 31%) were open to a relationship with a bisexual partner. 23% of the women versus 15% of the men were unsure.

 "It's encouraging to see that people are open to the idea of sexuality encompassing more than the traditional male/female partnership." Said Dr. Kat Van Kirk, Adam & Eve’s “sexpert.”

It is worth mention that the survey failed to take into account questions such as the sexuality of the respondents, their age, nor did it delve into the reasons why they would or would not date a bisexual person.


Navy Promotes Trans Officer

(SFGN) Navy officer Blake Dremann was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander in a ceremony on Friday, making him the first known openly transgender person to be promoted in military service, according to a statement from Insiders Out.

Dremann was one of 24 pioneers who helped integrate women into submarine service, and recently took the position of Board Chair and President for SPART*A, or Service members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All.

Dremann was promoted, at his request, by Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense Amanda Simpson, the highest ranking transgender person in the DOD. Transgender Air Force Major Bree Wagner emceed the event.

The ceremony was attended by two admirals, officers from Dremann's office, his family, and representatives from SPARTA (, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), and Out Serve – Service members Legal Defense Network (OS-SLDN) as well as other transgender service members from the area.