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Boys can wear skirts, girls can wear pants for school uniforms in Mexico City

Boys can wear skirts, girls can wear pants for school uniforms in Mexico City

Some school uniforms, like this one, feature a skirt

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum recently announced the city is doing away with gender restrictions on school uniforms.

‘We are announcing something very simple but for us very transcendent. I think the times have passed in which girls have to wear a skirt and boys have to wear pants,’ Sheinbaum said.

‘Boys can wear skirts if they want and girls can wear trousers if they want.’

According to her comments, the new policy will come into effect immediately. It does away with the old policy stating ‘just as the skirt is the basic garment of a girl’s daily school uniform, so trousers are for boys’.

Sheinbaum, who is a member of the left-wing political Morena party, described the policy as ‘a condition of equality, of equity’.

Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma supported Sheinbaum’s decision. He also suggested other states in the North American country may soon follow suit.

Uniforms can make school life difficult for trans students

School uniforms — often adhering to the gender binary — can make transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer students feel uncomfortable. Doing away with restrictions on them can allow these students more freedom to be themselves at school.

It is a conversation happening in countries across the world. Some schools are lifting restrictions, while others are changing the uniforms entirely.

In Japan, for example, some schools are introducing more gender-neutral uniforms. A school in the UK, meanwhile, outright banned skirts for all Year Seven students.

Others, like this UK MP, advocate more for giving students the freedom to choose. Judges in the UK have also found in favor of parents allowing their trans children to wear the uniform they are most comfortable sporting.

This is not the first time Mexico City has led the way when it comes to LGBTI rights.

In 2010, it became the first place in the country to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Several other states have also allowed inclusive marriage licenses since then.

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