WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A student was expelled from his school after wearing a skirt to challenge gender stereotypes.
- After a male instructor in the school also turned up in a skirt to show his support, hundreds more joined the movement.
- Their protest, called “Clothes Have No Gender,” has since inspired a Spanish institute to offer a class on gender equality.
Last November, 15-year-old student Mikel Gómez from Spain had worn a skirt in school to promote gender nonconformity. But he was expelled for it and forced to visit a psychologist. His male instructors and classmates have thereafter rallied to his support by also wearing skirts in school.
Gómez detailed the incident in a TikTok video that has since been watched over 2 million times.
Math teacher Jose Piñas was the first to start the movement, called #ClothesHaveNoGender (#LaRopaNoTieneGenero).
Piñas tweeted a photo of himself wearing a skirt in school with the message, “20 years ago I suffered persecution and insults for my sexual orientation in the institute where I am now a teacher.”
He continued, “Many teachers, they looked the other way. I want to join the cause of the student, Mikel, who has been expelled and sent to the psychologist for going to class with a skirt.”
Meanwhile, at the Virgen de Sacedón primary school in Valladolid, two more instructors followed suit. Manuel Ortega, 37, and Borja Velázquez, 36, told El Pais of their decision to wear skirts every day for the month of May. They said that it was a show of solidarity with one of their students, who was bullied with homophobic slurs.
Velázquez tweeted, “A school that educates with respect, diversity, co-education, and tolerance. Dress how you want! We join the campaign #clotheshavenogender.”
Hundreds more joined the effort by wearing skirts to school on November 4, El Pais reported. It soon turned into a nationwide protest against gender identity discrimination. For the past six months, male and female alumni from schools in Galicia, including Johan Carballeira Institute of Secondary Education, gathered in skirts in solidarity, el Público reported.
The movement has since inspired the Institute to offer a course on gender equality.
Lía Menduíña Otero, one of the protesters, told el Público, “They always tell us about the need to learn mathematics, history, language … But not about something as important as equality, and not only about gender.”
Source: New York Post