The University of Pittsburgh has announced that it will officially be retiring “antiquated” gender-based homecoming court titles in favor of gender-neutral titles ahead of the school’s virtual homecoming event in October.
According to school paper The Pitt News, the school’s alumni association has opted to replace its homecoming king and queen with “Spirit of Pitt” awards.
“By taking out binary gender we’re more inclusive,” said Nancy Merritt, vice chancellor for alumni relations. “It is more apparent that we are recognizing them for what they’re doing as a Pitt student to build Pitt pride and build a community.”
Pitt’s Alumni Association removed the gendered titles of homecoming king and queen for this October’s Homecoming festivities, instead opting for two gender-inclusive “Spirit of Pitt” winners. https://t.co/nflXxzxpO9
— The Pitt News (@ThePittNews) September 25, 2020
“Traditions are valuable in alumni relations in that they create a shared experience across generations and they also tend to reflect the values of an organization,” Merritt went on. “But this concept of homecoming king and queen, I think has become antiquated and was overshadowing what we were actually trying to recognize as part of this process.”
In a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Merritt explained that the titles were replaced “in order to kind of modernize this program to make it more apparent what the Pitt Alumni Association was recognizing in this program.”
“The fact that, you know, those focused on binary gender is coincidental,” she told the Caller. “We really wanted again to make sure the program that we were putting forward to recognize students for the great work that they were doing, was not being overshadowed by anyone’s kind of preconceived notions of what homecoming King and queen means.”
The University of Pittsburgh is far from the first institution to cave to the anti-biology culture in rejecting binary gender when it comes to homecoming traditions.
As we’ve reported in the past, high schools in Maine and Tennessee have gladly either adopted gender-neutral titles like “homecoming royalty” or simply crowned transgender homecoming winners according to their preferred gender.
This is nothing more than the outworking of our world rejecting its Creator and the order in which He made us. Weep for this stone-hearted creation, saints.
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