Hood College is reviewing its homecoming rules after a lesbian was crowned king, a college official says.
But Jennifer Jones, the 21-year-old senior who beat out three men for the honor, says her victory last month was a plus for the private liberal-arts college.
“It is cool that Hood allows people to be themselves,” Jones, of Newark, Del., told The Frederick News-Post. “If people didn’t want me to be king, they wouldn’t have nominated me and voted for me.”
Waves of discontent are still rippling through the 2,100-student campus in western Maryland more than two weeks after Jones was crowned at the Feb. 18 homecoming dance, the News-Post reported Monday.
“She is not a man,” said Singleton Newman, a 22-year-old senior who was among the queen candidates. “It is a gender issue, and she is a woman.”
Santo Provenzano, 21, 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.
I know that when I review resumes, someone who lists “Homecoming King” under their accomplishments moves right to the top, so I can only imagine Provenzano’s disappointment. Because I believe that our Homecoming Kings are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside…. unless it’s all black inside then we should point out that running for Homecoming King is a joke…and when they whine about not winning: they become the punch line.