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.
No me daba tiempo a contarlo todo☠️#parati♬ original sound - Mikel Gómez
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.”
Hace 20años sufrí persecución e insultos xmi orientación sexual en el instituto en el q ahora soy profesor, muchs profes, miraron para otro lado. Quiero unirme a la causa del alumno, Mikel, q ha sido expulsado y enviado al psicólogo por ir a clase con falda. #LaRopaNoTieneGenero pic.twitter.com/5PEN9vityY— Jose Piñas (@joxepinas) November 9, 2020
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.
Un cole que educa en el respeto, la diversidad, la coeducaión y la tolerancia. ¡Vístete como quieras! Nos sumamos a la inicitiva #LaRopaNoTieneGénero @CEIPVdeSacedon @educacyl @cfievalladolid @FTriangulo @fecylgtb pic.twitter.com/GgnoejXe2N— Borja Velázquez (@borjamusico) April 29, 2021
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