From now on, students from public schools in Mexico City will wear gender-neutral uniforms.
"The era when girls had to wear a skirt and boys had to wear trousers has been left behind, I think that’s passed into history,“ Claudia Sheinbaum said during a visit to a school.
“Boys can wear skirts if they want and girls can wear pants if they want to.”
Later, she said in a press conference that “it’s a very simple thing, but it creates a condition of equality, of equity.”
Sheinbaum is the second female Mayor of Mexico City and the first woman to be elected. She became mayor in December 2018. During her campaign, she promised to strengthen women and LGBTQ rights.
Mexico City is considered an independent State with its own laws. In Mexico, the Education Ministry recommends that children in public schools wear gender-specific school uniforms:
“Just as the skirt is the basic garment of a girl’s daily school uniform, so trousers are for boys.”
The Mayor’s decision in Mexico City was hailed as great news by the LGBTQ community.