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ASU coins term 'homecoming royalty' to promote gender equality

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

ASU used to crown a homecoming king and queen. This year, they'll be called homecoming royalty.

"We decided to make the progressive step forward to be inclusive of all genders and those who self-identify throughout the ASU community," said Natalie Sitter, Pan Campus Homecoming Director.

More than 200 students applied for the honor. Two students from each of ASU's four campuses will be picked for the "Homecoming Court." Of the eight selected to the Court, two will be crowned "Homecoming Royalty."

The announcement will be made during the annual Lantern Walk Friday night. This year, gender won't matter.

"Maybe there were more qualified girls or guy candidates that were getting pushed aside by the rules that we had established," said Sitter.

On campus, the decision has been well received.

"If the idea is to change up what it means and to recognize all people equally, then it is perfectly fine," said ASU student Ben Morin.

"I am all for equality and nothing against gender discretion, so that is good," said Tabitha Skuba, an ASU student.

The entire homecoming court will be presented this Saturday when ASU faces UCLA.

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