Oct 23, 2009 8:54 AM by David Ortiviz

Gay student, senior citizen run for homecoming queen

CSU-Pueblo has two diverse candidates running for Homecoming Queen this week. DeMarques Taylor is a 21-year old man. One of Taylor's challengers is Juanita Whitaker, a 60-year old woman.

The candidates are getting a lot of attention from student because CSU-Pueblo says it's never had a male student or a senior citizen run for Homecoming Queen.

Taylor's campaign seems to be stirring more emotions because of his gender. "He's a guy he shouldn't run for a girl's position. Some guy running for a queen I just don't agree with that," said Zak, a student at CSU-Pueblo.

"I don't think there should be any stipulations. He could run for queen he could run for king. It doesn't really matter. It's his prerogative," said Chasity Thrasher, a sophomore at CSU-Pueblo.

Some students have been asking Taylor was he didn't run for Homecoming King instead. "That's some of the reaction I got from students, why wouldn't you just run for king, why are you making a big deal," said Taylor. "But I don't know, it just feels more comfortable," he added.

Taylor, an openly gay student, says his goal is to promote diversity and acceptance of gay students. "I felt that this would be the right way to have a positive affect on the community and change their minds a little bit."

CSU-Pueblo doesn't have any rules or regulations on gender requirements for candidates. "I understand that people in the public might wonder what's going on but this is something that we feel very comfortable with and we embrace wholly," said Kelli Close, CSU-Pueblo's Student Events Coordinator.

Taylor says the number one question people have been asking him--is what he plans to wear to homecoming? "Everyone's been asking me that question," said Taylor. "I honestly don't know what I'm going to wear yet, it's probably won't be a dress though," he added.

Elections will be held on Thursday, October 22 in the Grand Hall in the Occhiato University Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

View all the candidates running for CSU-Pueblo Homecoming King and Queen.


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