Appearing on CNN, Erin O'Flaherty said that she was excited to represent the LGBT community this fall at the Miss America pageant.

Late last month, O'Flaherty, 23, was crowned Miss Missouri, making her the first openly gay Miss America contestant in the pageant's 95-year history.

O'Flaherty told Ashleigh Banfield, host of CNN's Legal View, that she was overwhelmed by the support she's received.

“It's overwhelming the amount of love and support that I've received, not only from the LGBT community but from so many others as well,” O'Flaherty said. “And really I still just feel like just Erin. So, not much has changed other than now I get to be someone that's in a public position of influence for my community, and I'm really excited about that.”

Asked whether other contestants were uncomfortable by her presence in “common spaces,” O'Flaherty answered that she felt accepted.

“Everybody just accepts everybody backstage. … There were really no problems I ever ran into with that,” she said.