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U. Minnesota Drops Homecoming ‘King and Queen’ — Replaces with Genderless ‘Royals’

The University of Northern Iowa's crowned its first transgender homecoming queen in 2013. PHOTO: Nikole Hanna/University Relations/University of Northern Iowa

By Dominic Mancini | 14 March 2017

THE COLLEGE FIX — The University of Minnesota has become the latest university to do away with the traditional Homecoming King and Queen titles and replace them with the gender-neutral “Royals” term.

Taking it one step further, University of Minnesota officials also point out that the winners don’t even have to be one biological male and one biological female, stating on its website: “‘Royals’ … can be any combination of any gender identity.”

Campus officials called the change 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.

Indeed, the entire Homecoming Court at U-Minn. will follow the same concept. […]

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