On May 11, three male students in Taiwan walked around the high school grounds dressed in their blue school uniforms. However, they weren’t dressed in their regular uniform. These students had ditched their regular uniforms and opted for blue school uniform shirts with a dark blue skirt. They described their action as a step to break Gender Stereotypes.
Students of the New Taipei Municipal Banqiao Senior High School marked the 73rd anniversary of their school on Saturday (May 11). Male students wore skirts to break gender stereotypes and underline the personal freedom of choice.
Boys wore skirts, earrings, and pro-marriage equality T-shirts at the High School’s anniversary party on Saturday. Furthermore, they garnered the support of President Tsai Ing-Wen as well.
President Tsai Ing-wen, addressing students at another school questioned, “Don’t the Scots wear skirts too?”
She further expressed her support saying, “what girls can do, boys can do too”.
The three male students told the reporters that at least 10 of their classmates were also taking part in the event, which started on May 6. School alumni returning from university in order to take part in the anniversary celebrations also expressed their support. They expressed that students should “be themselves”.
They also expressed support for the principal of Banqiao Senior High. The Principal had reportedly faced hostile questioning from politicians about the skirts event.
Marriage equality in Taiwan
It’s less than a week before Taiwan’s parliament votes on marriage equality.
The Legislative Yuan is expected to vote on three different proposals for and against the introduction of same-sex marriage on May 17. This is the deadline set by the country’s Constitutional Court when it ruled Taiwan’s Civil Code was unconstitutional.
On 24 May 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the Constitution. It also stated that the Legislative Yuan has two years to amend the marriage laws to align with the Constitution.
A separate marriage law would be in line with both the court ruling and the referendums.