• Boys can wear skirts under new "gender neutral" uniform rules in Britain. (Getty Images, Photothek)Source: Getty Images, Photothek
Eighty British schools have re-written their uniform policy to allow anyone to wear skirts or trousers.
Alyssa Braithwaite

14 Jun 2016 - 11:05 AM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2016 - 2:39 PM

School boys in Britain are allowed to wear skirts and girls can wear trousers under new "gender neutral" uniform policies introduced across the country to be more sensitive to transgender children.

Eighty state schools across the UK have re-written their uniform policy as part of a government-funded move for schools to be more open to children who are questioning their gender identity.

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A spokesperson for Stonewall, an LGBT+ rights organisation, said male and female-specific uniform policies risked discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.   

"We welcome all efforts to support young people on trans and gender identity issues and ensure that they feel happy, welcome and accepted at school, and it's encouraging to see this move," a spokesperson told The Independent.

"No trans person should be forced to present in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable."

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A primary school in Birmingham has become one of the first in the country to introduce gender-neutral uniforms, with a policy that states: "we aim to promote each child's right to express their gender and personality in whichever way feels right for them".

The school previously taught pupils about equal rights for all by using a book written by a boy of five who wore dresses.

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