If schools are going to take such drastic steps to change a tradition like this, why even bother doing it?

The College Fix reports:

Public university replaces homecoming king and queen with three students ‘who could identify as any gender’

Kings and queens make transgender and nonbinary students feel excluded, according to Stony Brook University.

That’s why the State University of New York campus is switching its “king” and “queen” titles for the gender-neutral “Royals” in this weekend’s homecoming celebrations, the taxpayer-funded university announced this week.

Instead, three students “who could identify as any gender” will be crowned. The king-and-queen tradition at Stony Brook only stretches back to 1984, and the gender-neutral switch doesn’t really change how the administration had run the contest in recent years:

“We’ve moved to take affirmative steps each of the past few years so students could choose the formal wear and regalia they most identify with and choose the gender they most closely identify with,” said Rick Gatteau, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

Even with these loose rules for gender identification and regalia, “some students, especially those who identify as LGBTQ*, especially transgender and nonbinary students, did not feel comfortable competing for these and other contests on campus,” the university claimed.