LGBTQ* Gender Role Rebellion That Makes Us Proud
**With all of the negativity that usually surrounds LGBTQ* issues in my home state, I have to say this made me smile. Looks like I’ll have lots to talk about when I go home for the holidays.
(Following from USA Today)
Northern Arizona University shook up the traditional homecoming model for gender roles [in October], when a woman was crowned king and a male, queen.
That juxtaposition, designed to be more inclusive of diverse sexual identities, will be mirrored at Arizona State’s homecoming customs this weekend.
Friday will mark the first time that the Sun Devils’ homecoming committee will not crown a king or a queen. Students have changed the title of the homecoming court to “homecoming royalty.” The move actually was made last summer and announced this week.
"What we are looking for in royalty … is somebody who’s a true Sun Devil, someone who represented ASU well, and we realized that gender didn’t play a role in that," said Natalie Sitter, a member of ASU’s student homecoming committee, which approved the title change.
ASU and NAU are following a growing trend in homecoming traditions at colleges and high schools, often driven by students’ support of the gay-rights movement and challenges to stereotypical gender roles.
…ASU’s homecoming committee also is proud of each of the finalists seeking the royalty crown this weekend, whether they are male or female. The finalists include six females and two males.
"We wanted to get rid of that gender bias and be open to include all ASU students regardless of what (sexual identity) they affiliate with or what their gender is," Sitter said. "We’re making a progressive step forward because the culture is continually changing and we want to recognize that."
(For full article and interviews with the winners, check out USA Today).
(photo source jennyeuk)