No more king & queen: University holds first gender-neutral homecoming, honors ‘royalty’ instead

Purdue University in Indiana announced its first ever gender-neutral homecoming court over the weekend, ditching “King” and “Queen” and instead opting for homecoming “Royalty.

What are the details?

According to the university, seniors Lily Bishop and Grant Wood were crowned “Homecoming Royalty” during homecoming festivities on Saturday.
Bishop and Wood were crowned during the halftime ceremony of Purdue’s homecoming game against Boston College. The Boilermakers went on to beat the Eagles 30-13.
“Bishop, of Cincinnati, is majoring in industrial engineering in the College of Engineering. Wood, of Indianapolis, is majoring in biology in the College of Science,” Purdue University said in a press release.
According to the Journal & Courier, the push for a gender-neutral homecoming court was “a student-driven effort to push forward with gender equality across all platforms.”
“The current candidates we chose had better resumes, better applications and better represented Purdue,” John Brock, director of Purdue’s Spirits and Traditions committee, said.
Purdue isn’t the only major university to hold a gender-neutral homecoming this year. Penn State plans to hold its first ever gender inclusive homecoming weekend on Oct. 13.

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