Story at a glance

  • Thousands of students and teachers in Spain have been donning skirts for months to protest one student's punishment for wearing a skirt to school.
  • The student shared his story in a now-viral video that inspired support across the country.
  • Last month, several male teachers wore skirts to school every day to promote degendering fashion.

On the fourth day of every month since last October, thousands of students and teachers in Spain have worn skirts to school in protest of one Spanish student’s punishment for daring to do the same. 

After Mikel Gómez was kicked out of school and taken to a psychologist, the Spanish student did what many of his peers would do: He took his story to social media. The video went viral, raising awareness of the stigma and discrimination that results from challenging gender norms.

@mikelgmz

No me daba tiempo a contarlo todo☠️#parati

♬ original sound - Mikel Gómez

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In response, math teacher Jose Piñas shared his own experiences with sexuality-based discrimination and a picture of himself wearing a skirt in front of a chalkboard on Twitter, accompanied by the hashtag “#LaRopaNoTieneGenero,” meaning “the clothes have no gender.”

Piñas was soon joined by others, until thousands of students and teachers across the country were participating in the protest and sharing the hashtag on social media.


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Published on Jun 01, 2021