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Brazilian Teens Support Trans Classmate By Wearing Skirts To School: Today In Gay

Students at Pedro II School in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, rallied behind trans classmate penalized for wearing a skirt to school.

Maria Muniz, 17, says she never felt happy as a boy and decided to come out as transgender by wearing a skirt to school on eday. But once she got there, she was fined and ordered to wear trousers.

Orange UK reports that, after hearing about the incident, several of Maria's male classmates wore skirts to class. “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," said Maria." I was always taught at school to accept who you are, I am only trying to live that.”

The school's principal has revealed he's considering relaxing the dress code. "It is not about orientation. All our students are equal," he said. "The uniform determines male and female clothing, but we will study a new manual of coexistence."


The Aceh province in Indonesia is looking to reinstate 100 lashes with a cane as a punishment for homosexual sex.

Legislation has been introduced that would ban anal sex between men and frottage (dry humping) between women, as well as alcohol, gambling, contact between unmarried men and women, and displays of affection outside of marriage. Those convicted could pay a fine (in gold) or go to jail in lieu of a caning.

A draft of the law has widespread support in parliament and could be passed this week.

While Indonesia is predominately Muslim, Aceh is the only region to enforce sharia law.


Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan officiated her first same-sex wedding on Sunday, when she  presided over a ceremony for her former law clerk Mitchell Reich and his partner, Patrick Pearsall, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


Sarkozy, who is attempting a political comeback after losing the 2012 election, accused the Hollande administration of "humiliating families and humiliating people who love the family" by introducing marriage-equality legislation. He stopped short of saying he would want to repeal the law, insisting unemployment was a bigger issue.

Sarkozy's celebrity wife, Carla Bruni, came out in favor of bringing gay marriage to France.

A recent poll puts support for Hollande at 13%, the lowest for any French president in modern history—at his lowest, Sarkozy still garnered 28%.