A growing number of universities are eschewing the traditional titles of Homecoming King and Queen and replacing them with the gender-neutral term, “Royals.”
The University of Minnesota is the latest to join the group of schools that will be recognizing “Royals” at their homecoming, and the “Royals” do not have to be one biological male and one biological female. According to the university’s website, they “can be any combination of gender identity.”
Campus officials claimed that the policy change is a move “toward gender inclusivity” that promotes “a spirit of inclusion at the University of Minnesota.”
“This change allows the University to select the best student representatives for the U of M based on campus and community involvement—regardless of gender,” the website states.
The entire Homecoming court at U-Minn will follow the same policy.
“As in past years, the U will name 10 students to Homecoming court, only this year the mix won’t necessarily be five men and five women. Those 10 will be paired at random to compete in pre-Homecoming events, and their performance, along with a university-wide vote, will determine the two royals,” the Pioneer Press reported.
Allyson Taubenheim, the marketing manager for the university’s Student Unions & Activities, told The College Fix that, “King and Queen will not be titles—U of M students will be crowned as ‘Royals,’ “beginning with the October 2017 festivities.
“There was not a specific incident that caused [Student Unions & Activities] to make the switch,” Taubenheim noted.
“We are excited about this change,” she said. “Our student body is made up of very diverse population that shouldn’t be limited by gender identity. Other colleges, universities, and even high schools have made similar changes. We look forward to crowning two students who respectfully represent the university’s values, connect with the diverse members of the university community, and have excellent school pride.”
Other universities that have adopted the “Royals” terminology include Appalachian State University and San Diego State University.
H/T: The College Fix
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