Student Brandon Allen accepted White Station High's homecoming royal nomination in a glittering gold dress and the internet is divided.
The Principle spoke out on the school's facebook post with the following quote: “Here’s the thing: it’s Brandon’s right to run for homecoming court under Title IX. It’s the students’ choice of who they want to support as homecoming royalty. I’m exceedingly proud to be the principal of our amazing school. … WSHS loves and supports everyone regardless of who they are or what they believe. Thank you for the love and light from so many of you.”
Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal aid assistance.
The school shows a very inclusive mindset in defense of the dress and many came out praising the principal for upholding inclusivity in the school. Although most reaction was full of praise other's found the dress inappropriate and even greater still there is a fierce backlash that the action was discriminatory/sexist against women.
However, no evidence has surfaced that the school in Memphis even had a king and queen. The school's official site just says royal specifically "Homecoming royalty winner". Further still there is no other mention by the school of any other winner, male or female. Brandon Allen's sexuality has not been mentioned although we can see he has excellent taste in evening wear. Tell us what you think about Brandon Allen's homecoming win. Is it a step forward or a step too far?