Male teachers appear in SKIRTS all over Spain to support boy who was sent away and had to see a psychologist for wearing one to class
- Male teachers in Spain wear skirts to class as part of the campaign
- The Clothes Have No Gender movement was started in November by Jose Piñas
- Comes after Mikel Gomez, 15, was expelled from school for wearing a skirt to Basque school
Male teachers in Spain wear skirts to school as part of a campaign to fight gender stereotypes.
The Clothes Have No Gender movement (#LaRopaNoTieneGenero) was launched in November by math teacher Jose Piñas after one of his students was expelled and forced to see a psychologist after wearing a skirt to school.
Last month, the drive gained momentum again when Manuel Ortega, 37, and Borja Velaquez, 36, of Virgen de Sacedon Elementary School in Valladolid traded in their pants for skirts.
The pair took to their knees for May after seeing one of their students being bullied with homophobic insults for wearing a t-shirt with an anime character, forcing him to change outfits.
Borja Velaquez (pictured) last month joined male teachers across Spain who wore skirts to school as part of a campaign challenging gender stereotypes
Manuel Ortega (pictured) and of the Virgen de Sacedon primary school in Valladolid took off his pants for a skirt in May after he saw one of his students being bullied for wearing a T-shirt with an anime character, forcing him to got to change outfit
Ortega said he was “shocked” by the relentless banter, which led him to team up with Velaquez and “promote tolerance” by wearing a skirt for the month of May.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘A school that teaches with respect, diversity, co-education and tolerance. Dress however you want! We are participating in the #clotheshavenogender campaign.’
The couple told The country they had seen a noticeable positive change in student behavior since they started wearing the skirts.
But they insist these results are just “the tip of the iceberg” and say the school should do more to promote respect and tolerance in the classroom.
The Clothes Have No Gender movement (#LaRopaNoTieneGenero) was launched in November by math teacher Jose Piñas after one of his students was expelled and forced to see a psychologist after wearing a skirt to school
Basque Country teacher Piñas launched the movement in November after realizing that little had changed from his school days 20 years ago.
He posted a photo of him wearing a skirt in front of a chalkboard and wrote: ’20 years ago I was persecuted and insulted because of my sexual orientation in the institute where I am now a teacher.
‘Many teachers looked the other way. I want to join the student, Mikel, who was kicked out and sent to the psychologist for going to class in a skirt.”
Mikel Gomez, 15, has since taken to TikTok to document the flood of support he has received since November.
The video, which has racked up millions of views, has prompted others, including students, to take up the challenge and has been praised online by teachers and parents.
Others have criticized the teachers and questioned whether the move is necessary.