- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Madison high school is switching to a gender-neutral homecoming court in an effort to make transgender and gender nonconforming students feel more comfortable.

Madison West High School Principal Beth Thompson tells the Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1JUJWmr ) that the homecoming court announced on Oct. 16 will consist of the top 20 vote-getters in the senior class. In the past, 10 male and 10 female students were named to the school’s homecoming court.

The two top vote-getters won’t be called “king” or “queen” unless they choose those titles.

Students approached Thompson last spring with a petition calling for the change to “create a safer and more inclusive environment for students.”

Madison West is the largest of the district’s four high schools with about 2,065 students.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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