Wow! This University in Manila is Allowing Students to Wear a Uniform Based on Their Gender Identity

It's considered to be a step towards a "more progressive and inclusive Pamantasan."
by Cheska Santiago   |  Nov 22, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Instagram/Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, PLM Propaganda
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ICYMI: Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) recently announced that they have formally adopted a gender-neutral policy regarding their previous same-sex guidelines on school uniforms. 

The PLM administration released a statement stating the issuance of Administrative Order No. 21-ACA on October 26, and it officially took effect on November 16. This administrative order advocates for the freedom of students to wear a uniform that aligns with their gender identity and expression. According to the school's official student council, this is considered to be a step towards a "more progressive and inclusive Pamantasan."

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Students can choose between a plain white polo with the PLM patch or a white blouse with a tie as their top, paired with either blue-gray pants or a skirt and closed, black shoes.

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Their uniforms are to be worn from Mondays to Thursdays, while Fridays are considered "casual" days. 

There are still students exempted from this policy, however. "Students living with medical conditions and are unable to comply with the required uniform, as well as those whose religious beliefs or cultural traditions prevent them from wearing the PLM uniform are exempt from such rules upon coordination with the Office of Student Development and Services," PLM noted.

This development comes months after netizens calling for inclusivity in schools made rounds on social media. Cases of transwomen being barred from attending their graduation rites to the enforcement of strict policies regarding haircuts and uniforms were criticized online.

Since the announcement, students have proudly shown off their uniforms of choice in school. PLM's LGBTQIA+ organization shared photos of the students sporting their gender-affirming school uniforms.

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