Tulane University selects gender-inclusive homecoming court for first time

Nov 8, 2019 by

Tulane Homecoming 2019

Tulane University seniors Albert Howell (left) and Lauren Gaines (right) celebrate their homecoming royalty coronation with university president Michael Fitts (center).  PHOTO BY PARKER WATERS

Tulane University honored seniors Albert Howell and Lauren Gaines as homecoming “royalty” on Nov. 2, as the student organization overseeing the annual festivities officially abandoned the gender-specific terms “king” and “queen” and swapped them out for a single inclusive title.

In making this semantic decision, Tulane joined a growing nationwide movement of high schools and universities seeking to diversify homecoming courts to include trans, non-gender-conforming and non-binary students. Penn State and Purdue universities were among the first colleges to institute gender-neutral homecoming courts.

Tulane implemented the change a year after the school’s Tidal Wave committee, which oversees homecoming activities, began discussing ways “to make the tradition more comfortable,” said Greg Feiling, associate director for programming at Tulane’s Lavern Bernick Center for University Life.

Source: Tulane University selects gender-inclusive homecoming court for first time | Gambit Weekly | theadvocate.com

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