I was just reading that the pro-same-sex-marriage pendulum might start swinging back the other way, which is something I always suspected. As a new idea becomes more popular, more accepted, more right, those people who’ve been against it, but said nothing, suddenly start speaking up.
Now, that doesn’t mean that the march is over, that the march has halted, it just means we need to continue to work, and work harder and stronger and smarter. And when I think about that, and then find stories like this one, my passion is renewed, my urge to fight grows stronger ….
At birth Mario Muniz was assigned the male gender, but has since come to identify as a female, even changing her name to Maria Muniz. And because it never felt right, she never felt like her true self, in that assigned gender, she began dressing in the gender that best fits her identity. Her decision, however, was not welcomed by the teachers at the Pedro II School, in Rio de Janeiro, who fined her and ordered her to wear trousers in future.
Fined; for the crime of wearing a skirt to school.
But they would have neither the last word, nor the last laugh about the situation, because a group of students, both female and male, decided to protest the fine … by wearing skirts to school. And soon after the protest, a picture of the students wearing skirts began to make its way through social media, with the hashtag, #VouDeSaia, or The Skirt, with thousands of people around the world voicing their support for Maria Muniz.
"For me, wearing a skirt was about expressing my freedom over who I am inside and not how society sees me. I am really happy about the way my classmates supported me and hope it serves as an example to others to feel encouraged to do the right thing. I was always taught at school to accept who you are. I am only trying to live that." — Maria Muniz
It’s a shame her teachers and the officials at school didn’t see that, didn’t learn that, though, after the protest, and probably after news of the protest went viral, the principal at Pedro II has announced that the school will rethink its dress code.
Maybe everyone should wear skirts?