LOS ANGELES (CBS) — For the first time in its 60 year history, openly lesbian contestants are competing to wear the sash and crown of Miss California.

The winner goes on to represent the state in the Miss USA pageant.

Mollie Thomas, 19, of West Hollywood and Jenelle Hutcherson, 26, of Long Beach are the two battling it out for the top spot at Indian Wells.

According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 400 women are vying for Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA, compared to 378 who competed in 2011.

The first round, held Saturday evening, will see the contestants in swimsuits and evening wear.

Both Thomas and Hutcherson were reportedly recruited to enter the pageant.

The newspaper says Thomas is a part-time student at UCLA. This is her first pageant. She decided to enter to represent the LGBT community in a positive light.

Hutcherson entered for similar reasons and also hopes to be a role model for young people. For tonight’s evening gown competition, Hutcherson — a mentor at the LGBT center in Long Beach — wore a tux.

Comments (23)
  1. greg says:

    I think the one who looks most feminine will win, and I’m being serious, thus Mollie Thomas will win and the one with the big hair thing going on will lose

  2. nobber says:

    Why do we have to know who is munching on their genatilia. I don’t care do not tell me. It is your secret. Shut your reverted mouths. Everything is OK until you have to tell me more than I want to know. Thats what makes you sick.

    1. Everyday Guy says:

      I was about to say the same thing. Well said.

  3. Cyclonex says:

    ohhhhhh…..Disgusting….Sex in the bedroom..is a secret…Genitalia mulching…Thanks…For everything I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW……BTW..I’m a STUD..haha…… Send those immature ladies back to the Gene Pool..Now!!!

  4. smelly katz says:

    is the adam lambert looking one going to get in an evening gown? and what is she going to wear in the bathing suit competition…speedo trunks with a few socks shoved in them?

  5. 1Abdulla1 says:

    A discrace to humanity. You have gone beond all bounds of moral normal life. You know that debauchery is a perverted lie. Sick individuals!

  6. 1Abdulla1 says:

    No Integrity whatsoever. You have gone beyond all bounds of human integrity.
    You know that evil vile debauchery is against human life! No matter how you dress up a lie it is still a Lie!

  7. rankin1 says:

    anything is better than the KardaSHIANS,

  8. Go figure! says:

    I went to school with that dude! I thought it’s name was Pat not Jenelle?

  9. Everyday Guy says:

    And I thought ZZ Top had wicked beards.

  10. openminded says:

    good for these ladies! All of the hateful comments make me sad. They have every right to enter the competition. I wish them both luck!

    1. noway says:

      Not every right to brag about which sex Verb she likes!

      1. casper says:

        Teenager is a M.i.n.o.r …..A l.e.s.b.i.a.n saying she’s gay and a teenager doesn’t sound right….She should be booked under s.e.x.u.a.l predator if she keeps this up..I totally disagree with her views.A m.i.n.o.r Having s.e.x is just wrong.

  11. TweetmyURL says:

    Last I checked if you are over the age of 18 you are considered an adult.

    Let them compete!


    1. Sunil says:

      January 16, 2009 whhhaaaa, honga, paubos na wildlife kasi nasa government na halos lahatwaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy over the line nga. haha.

  12. kitty kat says:

    ohhhh sex. its soooo taboo. people need to get over it, its natural and its the people who make talking about how its a big deal to even mention sex that make others feel dirty for doing something NATURAL. why are people making LGBT seem like they’re some sort of disgusting perverts?! so they’re openly gay… I’m openly straight, does that disgust you? because its the same effing concept. its close minded people like the ones slamming these girls that make actual people of quality sick to their stomachs. heres a little piece of advice…. open your mind before your mouth!!

    1. Grow Up says:

      Thank you Kitty Kat.. I don’t know if they will allow my post to be shown, but I completely agree.

  13. booo says:

    Read the Title….. Miss Teenage California….at 19 ??…It’s a M.i.n.o.r

    B….S. …….She is and probably on drugs.

    Next thing you know..she’s fighting Child Abuse.

    Drug test all Girls. ..pee,hair and let them pay for it.

  14. John says:

    The one with the purple hair is still too ugly for a beauty contest. That’s more important than her sexual orientation. Keep the cute one to prove it’s not discrimination.

  15. Greg Edgar says:

    Wow, CBS Didn’t like my comment and decided to Censor me.

    They should be ashamed for even writing this story. Is it a big deal, is it wrong? What IS your point for writing this Story, CBS?

  16. greg says:

    I also agree that what someone does in their bedroom should NOT be news, why was it necessary for them to announce they are gay, did the other contestants announce they were straight? As a separate issue I have no problem with them competing but again if they didn’t announce their orientation than not news at all

  17. Past Queen says:

    What I love about it (and I know more than a few things about this particular pageant) is that they are allowed to talk about sexuality at ALL. In our day the girls were instructed to pretend they were virgins or to at least not broach the subject of sexuality save from signing the waiver that promised they had not been married or pregnant. It’s a whole new world now. Yeeehah!

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