In September I posted about Oak Reed, a trans boy who ran for homecoming king but was disqualified because he would render the competition unfair (since the race for homecoming king is, first and foremost, about fairness). Now the school has decided to just get rid of the concept of prom queen and king:
The juniors and seniors will vote on a gender-neutral prom court this spring. The policy will stand for future homecoming events, as well. There will be two juniors and two seniors on the courts; the sex of the students won't be considered.
"I'm so glad that the rules have been changed," Reed said in a news release from the ACLU. "All I wanted was a chance for all students to participate and be heard. Now, my classmates and I can just focus on having a great time at our school dance."
There were kings and queens for homecoming and prom at my high school, but I never cared enough to know who won. I was at senior prom, though, where they were announced, and for the first time I forced to hear who had won. I remember looking at my friends and saying, "Who's that?" before we all started laughing - it was too ridiculous to even be a popularity contest. It was a big school.