Male Teachers in Spain Are Ditching Pants in Protest

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday June 9, 2021
Originally published on June 9, 2021

After student Miguel Gomez was reportedly expelled and made to see a psychologist for wearing a skirt, male school teachers in one school in Spain are ditching their pants for skirts in a new social media campaign.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the Clothes Have No Gender (#LaRopaNoTieneGenero) movement is gaining steam at the Virgen de Sacedon primary school in Valladolid, Spain, as the campaign asks: Do clothes have a gender?

"The Clothes Have No Gender (#LaRopaNoTieneGenero) movement was launched by Maths teacher Jose Piñas in November after one of his students was expelled and forced to visit a psychologist after wearing a skirt to school," Daily Mail reports. Then other male teachers began to join in. "The drive gathered pace again last month when Manuel Ortega, 37, and Borja Velaquez, 36, of Virgen de Sacedon primary school in Valladolid ditched their trousers for skirts," reports Daily Mail.

Teachers involved in the movement said they have noticed a positive change in student behaviors since they started the campaign, but it's only "the tip of the iceberg." Real change begins with the entire school system, said Jose Piñas, after starting the campaign.

"Posting a picture of him wearing a skirt in front of a chalk board," Daily Mail reports, Piñas wrote: "20 years ago I suffered persecution and insults for my sexual orientation in the institute where I am now a teacher. 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."

Gomez has since shared in a TikTok that he has received an outpouring of support from the movement. In another show of support, male students also shared their skirted school looks.