Nine days after a transgender student was fined by her Rio de Janeiro high school for wearing a skirt to class, her male and female classmates decided to stage a protest in support of the trans student and all wear skirts to school.
17-year-old transgender student Maria Muniz, who was born Mario Muniz, said she had never felt happy as a boy and decided to come out by wearing a skirt to school.
Her brave decision to come out resulted in an embarrassing fine issued by teachers at the Pedro II School, who also ordered her to wear trousers in the future.
Orange UK reports:
They then posted the images on social media where they quickly ended up being widely shared.
Maria said: “I always turned up in trousers but I felt repressed and 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 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.”
After the protest, the Brazilian school principal said they were considering relaxing the school rules.
“The sexual orientation is not important for us, all our students are equal. However, the uniform determines male and female clothing, but we will study a new manual of coexistence”, he said.
Maria has found hundreds of supporters online who began using the Twitter hashtag #VoudeSaia to spread her inspiring story:
An authentic demonstration of courage and companionship. My support from Spain to this student. Discrimination has no place. #VoudeSaia
— Nieves MolinaJiménez (@NievesMolinaJim) September 13, 2014
Faith in humanity: RESTORED. #VoudeSaia
— Ceci GS (@cecig2158) September 15, 2014
— Pablo Lizárraga (@pabloolizarraga) September 15, 2014
#VoudeSaia our generation is made of beautiful and clever people. we are united against discrimination.
— Priscilla Marvel (@PriscillaMarvel) September 18, 2014