Maryland College names lesbian homecoming king

Danny McCoy | March 10, 2006

FREDERICK, Maryland — School officials at Maryland�s Hood College say they are reviewing the school�s homecoming rules after a lesbian was crowned king. Jennifer Jones, the 21-year-old senior who beat out three men for the honor, said she was proud to be a part of a positive step forward for the private liberal arts college.

�It is cool that Hood allows people to be themselves,� Jones told The Frederick News-Post, according to the Associated Press. "If people didn't want me to be king, they wouldn't have nominated me and voted for me."

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jones received 64 of 169 votes cast for king last month.

But not everyone on the 2,100 student campus is thrilled by the decision. More than two weeks after Jones was crowned, a mixed reaction is still rippling across campus.

�She is not a man,� Singleton Newman, a 22-year-old senior who was nominated for queen, told AP. �It is a gender issue, and she is a woman.�

Twenty-one year old Santo Provenzano, who competed for king, said Jones' selection made the event seem like a joke.

�It discourages guys from wanting to take part in the future,� he said.

The event marked the second annual homecoming for the school. Men started attending Hood in 1971 but the school didn't become fully co-educational until 2003 when men were permitted to live on campus for the first time. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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