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Madison high school to name gender-neutral homecoming court

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Madison high school is switching to a gender-neutral homecoming court in an effort to make transgender and gender nonconforming students feel more comfortable.

Madison West High School Principal Beth Thompson tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the homecoming court announced on Oct. 16 will consist of the top 20 vote-getters in the senior class. In the past, 10 male and 10 female students were named to the school's homecoming court.

The two top vote-getters won't be called "king" or "queen" unless they choose those titles.

Students approached Thompson last spring with a petition calling for the change to "create a safer and more inclusive environment for students."

Madison West is the largest of the district's four high schools with about 2,065 students.

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