Miss America contestant Claire Buffie supports gay rights, and you can help her win

Mon. January 10, 2011 7:23 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

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photo credit // photo by claire buffie
New York City - This weekend, for the first time ever, a Miss America contestant will have a platform based on gay rights, and you can help her win.

Miss New York, Claire Buffie, is a member of the executive board of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) New York City. Her sister is a lesbian.

Buffie's platform is called "Straight for Equality: Let's Talk."

"As Miss New York 2010, Claire aims to break the stigma of marginalized youth, eliminating discriminatory vocabulary and changing the climate in New York schools," reads the biography on her official web site. "She celebrates diversity and the things that make us all unique and strives to instill pride, dignity and respect in developing minds and compassionate hearts."

For the first time, the Miss America pageant is allowing the public to vote for a winner.

You can vote for Buffie four times:

* Using your mobile phone, text MANY (ie, Miss America New York) to 24470 (message and data rates may apply).

* Vote for Buffie's video via this link

* "Like" Buffie's video at Facebook.com/MissAmericaOrganization, via the links provided under the "VIDEO CONTEST" tab.

* "Like" Buffie's YouTube video at YouTube.com/MissAmericaOrg.