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George Mason University Crowns Man as Homecoming Queen

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Associated Press: George Mason University students have elected a drag queen as homecoming queen. Student Ryan Allen beat out two women for the title at the small school in suburban Washington, D.C., famous for its run to the Final Four a few years back.

Allen competed under his drag queen persona of Reann Ballslee.

Allen, who is gay and performs in drag at nightclubs, said he entered as a joke. But he considers the victory one of his happiest moments and proof the school celebrates its diverse student body.

The senior from Virginia's Goochland County won the pageant about a week ago at a sold-out homecoming basketball game against Northeastern. George Mason's basketball team pulled off a string of upsets to advance to the Final Four in 2006.

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Amy February 20, 2009, 4:59 PM

First, Mason is NOT a small school. It has nearly 30,000 students and is the largest public university in Virginia. Second, good for him! Mason is an incredibly diverse and well-rounded university. It has a great school spirit and is growing into a fabulous world-class school.

ashley February 21, 2009, 7:58 AM

Imagine how those girls felt losing to a drag queen!! I’m sorry, but I think that is just too weird!!

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