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English School Bans Skirts, Goes Gender Neutral to Help Trans Students


Priory School in the south of England made the move to promote "greater equality."

As Hilary Duff might say, gender is "So Yesterday." That crotchety old social construct that society clings to like a lifejacket is finally being chipped awa, and this week, the revolt against gender that has found a home in the south of England at the Priory School.

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The secondary school announced they'd be banning skirts to make their dress code gender neutral as a way to be more inclusive for transgender students, which is a sentence you won't hear in the United States anytime soon. The decision, Headteacher Tony Smith explained, came from the children of the school. "Pupils have been saying: 'Why do boys have to wear ties and girls don't, and girls have different uniform to boys?'" he said, "So we decided to have the same uniform for everybody from Year 7."

While current students won't need to adhere to the new rules, it will allow greater freedom for the growing number of trans students to feel comfortable in the classroom. As you may expect, some moms are reportedly furious over the move, but that's just too bad. As Smith explained: "We wanted a uniform which promotes greater equality. We've done this for positive reasons. For us, it is a greater equality having the same for everybody."

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