Whatever I wear, I am myself / Why those boys wearing skirt on May 11? A-line skirt, high-waisted skirt, mini skirt and one-piece, girls can choose various clothes to wear during the sweltering summer days. But what boys can wear? Maybe only pants in different length. Once a man walking on the street with a skirt, “cross-dresser”, “gay” and “freak” will label on him. But does skirt only set for women? The student organizers of “MEN IN SKIRT” activities in Taiwan gave us a hint. On May 11 2019, less than a week before same-sex marriage votes on three different proposals for and against same-sex marriage, student organizers from the National Taiwan University and Banqiao Senior High School supported their male students to wear skirt. “We don’t push anyone to wear skirt to the public if he doesn’t want,” Billionn Lee, one of the organizers in Banqiao Senior High School, said. “What we want to advocate is that you have the right to dress yourself as you wish, also in a boarder sense, you can be whatever you want to be in Taiwan.” From May 6 to May 11, the student union of Banqiao Senior High School held the “Men in skirt week” during the school’s 73 rd anniversary to fight for the gender stereotypes and respect dress freedom.
（ provided by Billionn Lee ） “When we planned the activity, we targeted our students in school. But when we posted the activity content on social media, we received many response from the public,”Billionn said. So they changed their place from the school gate to the Civil Square near the Banqiao Station. Besides, the student committees also provided more than thirty skirts in different sizes for the participants to wear.
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