With the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Student Government Association ruling now in full effect, students running for Homecoming King or Queen can run for the position based on the gender with which they identify. For example, a male, who identifies as female, can now run for queen and vice versa.
The Senate Bill 91-01, was reviewed on September 7 by SGA Senators and was passed by a voice vote. As expected, the ruling has received much attention and drawn opinions from both supporters and opposers. Aariel Guerra, a Junior majoring in Criminal Justice, shared her support for the ruling, saying, “I feel like it’s a step in a more modern direction since TAMUK is typically a more traditional campus.” Guerra went on to say that she felt the ruling will help “…people consider this campus more since it shows that it’s more open to modern issues.”
Lue Gonzales, a Sophomore and Communications major, who is considering entering the race, also expressed his support saying, “I support it one-hundred percent. If girls want to classify themselves as guys, they have that right, and if guys want to do the same…then they have every right to.”
Luis Aguilar, a Senior majoring in Communications, offered his support, saying, “I definitely support it… Running for whatever gender you identify yourself as… is something that you should respect – not only as an American citizen, but as a human.”
Michaelina Gonsales, a second-year Communications major, who is also considering a bid at the crown, shared that she supports the LGBT community, but feels the regulations regarding the Homecoming race for King and Queen should be left alone, saying, “I feel like it should still be the regular — King for male, and Queen for female – not that I’m against it… it’s just, I don’t necessarily agree with it. When it comes to this, I feel it should [stay] the same.”
Students weren’t the only ones expressing their opinion on the ruling. Janet Smith, Lecturer of Spanish, had the following to say: “I am in favor of [the ruling], because I think all students need to have the same rights and access to the same opportunities.” Ms. Smith went on to say that, “I think it’s a sign that society is progressing and accepting more diversity.”