Ohio high school drops gendered words for homecoming court
© Milford High School

An Ohio high school dropped gendered terms for its homecoming court, opting for “Homecoming Royalty” instead.

Milford High School, located in a suburb outside Cincinnati, had always had a homecoming court with a female “queen” and male “king” up until this year, when it tallied the ballots and discovered the winning students were both girls, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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"This change in terminology was made to reflect the voice of Milford's student body and to ensure all students have the opportunity to feel included," the school said in a statement on its website.

The two female students of the “Homecoming Royalty” were crowned last Friday at the school’s home football game. Abbey Stropes and Trinity Miller held scepters at the game instead of wearing crowns.

The school called the long-standing homecoming tradition of crowning a king and queen a “popularity contest.”

“The selection of our Homecoming Royalty is an opportunity for our students to have their voice heard. I fully support the voice and choice demonstrated by our students in selecting this year’s Homecoming Royalty” Josh Kauffman, Milford High School's principal, said in the statement.