The genderless wave has spread across the American teenscape, with more and more high schools electing to swap out the traditional "Prom King" and "Prom Queen" for sterilized terms like "Prom Royalty."
According to USA Today, schools from Mississippi to Georgia are pushing the gender boundaries.
"In Mississippi, a lesbian couple lobbied to become prom king and queen," they report. "In Georgia, the class president, who is gay, started a petition to change prom court titles to the more inclusive 'Prom Royalty.' Some transgender students are pushing schools to re-imagine what teen nobility looks like."
Naturally, this woke "gender inclusion" inadvertently becomes gender exclusion. Prior to this wave, schools would traditionally elect one male and one female to the titles; simple equality. Now, some schools elect two women or two men, excluding a male or a female in the process. But in this age of "gender fluidity," there are no males or females, so nobody cares, at least on the surface.
"Carter Hebert, a senior at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Ga., was nominated for prom king along with his former boyfriend," reports USA Today. "The school's current voting process permits one male and one female to win, but Hebert said the two wanted to be able to win together, as a couple."
Hebert told USA Today how victimized he felt when the school rejected his request to change the prom court genders, citing tradition. He now has taken his outrage to Change.org, where he has garnered 5,000 signatures, all in the name of possibly excluding one teenage girl from becoming prom queen so he and his former boyfriend can wear the crown together.
"What we were hoping for was to make a change not just for our school, but for schools across the nation," he said.
"We just want the same opportunities. We want equality. We understand that you may not have the same views as us, you may not understand what we're going through but we just want you to be open, and give us the opportunities that y'all have."
Students across the country hope the changes will come swiftly. USA Today agrees. Here's how they described the oppressive cis-gendered environment of a "traditional" prom: "There are still areas of the country where ideas about prom are firmly entrenched. Parts of the country where girls are forbidden to wear suits."
"As more and more teens embrace gender fluidity and are open about their sexual orientation, more and more schools will be forced to look at how some prom traditions may need updating," said USA Today.