Derry, New Hampshire, is the fourth most populated town in New Hampshire with a population of around 34,000. Derry is a nice area with a low crime rate that is also pretty quiet, at least until recently, when the local Miss Greater Derry 2023 beauty pageant caused the town to divide social media users over the results of its pageant.
The Miss Greater Derry Pageant has been providing scholarship opportunities to young women in the greater Derry area since 1987. The pageant provides scholarships to young women between the ages of 17 and 24 who live in the greater Derry, New Hampshire, area. This is where the debate begins because this year's winner, Brian Nguyen, is a biological male. The Miss Greater Derry pageant is a member of the Miss America Organization.
This was also a big part of the debate over the Miss Greater Derry pageant winner because, on November 2, 2022, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against transgender activist Anita Green, who had applied to compete in the Miss United States of America national pageant but was rejected by the pageant because Miss United States of America has a policy of only allowing "natural-born" women to compete in their pageants. The court ruled in favor of the pageant, saying that the company that owns the pageant has the right to express its views on womanhood by determining who can compete in the pageant.
Brian made history with the win, becoming the first-ever transgender titleholder in the history of the Miss America Organization. Brian is 19 and majoring in business management. Nguyen also started the social media movement #QueensAreEverywhere on both Instagram and TikTok.
Social media is very divided on this with mixed reactions because some people feel this is taking a scholarship away from a female, while others are very supportive of Brian and were happy with Nguyen making pageant history.