"Boys Wear Skirts to Class in Protest After School Fines Trans Girl for Wearing Skirt"

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"Boys Wear Skirts to Class in Protest After School Fines Trans Girl for Wearing Skirt"

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Boys Wear Skirts to Class in Protest After School Fines Trans Girl for Wearing Skirt

Love this story! Solidarity is powerful.

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Nine days after transgender student Maria Muniz was fined by school officials for wearing a skirt, a group of her Colégio Pedro II classmates decided to stage a protest: both male and female students would all wear skirts on the same day.

Soon after their demonstration an ecstatic Muniz learned that the school's decision was overturned...

 

 

6079_Smith_W

Saw it on facebook yesterday. Fabulous! And it is not the first time in recent years schools groups have rallied in that way. If anything gives me hope that things are changing for the better, it is incidents like this.

Unionist

Beautiful story!

But... it's Brazil, and personally, I know nothing about the overall culture, the social and legal attitudes to trans folks, etc. - so it's very hard for me to understand how significant it is within that context.

Seems the decision to "fine" the student was taken by teachers? And right after the show of solidarity, they seem to have said they'll change their uniform policy?

What I'm really thinking is, what would happen if similar circumstances occurred at some private school in Canada with a uniform policy. My feeling... we're far behind the Brazilians. We're still arguing about whether to "allow" gay-straight alliances.

ETA: Lots of interesting information [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Brazil#Transgender]here[/url]. Or, at least a starting point to understand the context. Maybe Brazil isn't as far along as I thought. Which proves my initial point. I know nothing!

 

 

Pondering

I love this too!

After the protest, school officials posted a picture of their male and female students wearing wearing skirts to social media, where it became widely shared. Supporters have been writing their support to Muniz using the hashtag #VouDeSaia.

I appreciate that the school fully and publically admitted they had been wrong and celebrated the students that protested.

Slumberjack

We'd all like to think that this kind of solidarity, demonstrated in a similar manner, would be possible and likely in our own school systems.  I don't know anything about Brazilian society, but I have a bit more insight into our own and what it is constituted of, and how, and it doesn't encourage.  At least not yet.