The Student Government Association (SGA) voted last week to allow candidates for Homecoming King and Queen to apply for the positions based upon the gender in which they identify.
SGA senators reviewed Senate Bill 91-01 on Sept. 7 and passed it by voice vote.
An amendment to the student legislation allows for applications without regard to gender identity, but students can not apply for more than one position.
“If you’re a full- time student and meet all the other qualifications, why should gender be the deciding factor?”
“Students can apply for the position of the gender they identify themselves as if a student identifies as non-bi- nary, they can only apply for one position,” the bill states.
This gives the opportunity to any full-time student enrolled in the university to apply to the homecoming court candidate position of either Homecoming King or Queen.
“I believe it was time for the qualifications to become less exclusive and more inclusive, gender wise, and include everybody,“ said Enzo Sosa, SGA senator protempore and Internal Affairs Chair who double majors in Political Science and History.
The step is progress in accomodating a greater diversity of students.
Homecoming applications are available at the SGA office on the 2nd floor of the MSUB.
Deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 27 by 5 p.m.