Students at a Brazilian high school have shown their support for a transgender fellow student by wearing skirts for a day, reports NewNowNext.
17-year-old Maria Muniz says she never felt happy as a boy and decided to come out as transgender by wearing a skirt to school. However, she was fined by a teacher and also forced to wear trousers.
Speaking about the support she has received from her classmates, Muniz said:
“I am really happy about the way my classmates supported me and I 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.”
Photos of the student protest have since gone viral. Twitter users are showing their support for Maria and her classmates with the hashtag #VouDeSaia, meaning "I'm going in a skirt" or "wearing a skirt." (Check out current tweets using ther hashtag #VouDeSaia HERE).
The school’s principal has since revealed he is considering relaxing the dress code:
“It is not about orientation. All our students are equal. The uniform determines male and female clothing, but we will study a new manual of coexistence.”