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Gentlemen, Show Off Your Shapely Gams At L.A.'s First 'Man-Skirt Metro Ride'

A close-up of a man wearing a kilt (Photo by Drew Staffen via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
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Sirs, get your kilts and kaftans ready! The first annual Man-Skirt Metro Ride will launch in L.A. on May 31 with the hopes of spreading the idea that men can wear skirts too.

Angeleno men are encouraged to proudly don their skirts from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.and meet up at different Metro stops throughout the city, but folks globally are encouraged to do the same. Women are asked to support their male friends at these events, but to refrain from wearing skirts and stick to pants, shorts or leggings that day.

The event is helmed by Joshua Castro, the creator of the "Women Wear Pants. Let Men Wear Skirts!" Facebook page, which highlights the man-skirt movement that has been growing especially over the last couple of years. He hopes to dispel the discrimination behind wearing a skirt, that a man wearing one would be thought of as gay.

"The movement on the whole also addresses a variety of issues that arise from the topic of men in skirts, such as homophobia, sexism, gender-stereotypes, etc. and seeks to break harmful patterns of discrimination in today's Western culture," Castro tells LAist.

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The event, which is based off of the popular "No Pants Metro Ride" (and you can see photos of this year's gathering here), encourages men to wear all different kinds of skirts, including utility kilts, dresses and shirt-dresses. Castro was inspired to launch this event because of his personal experience wearing man-skirts and also from a short story he published in East L.A. College's literary journal, Milestone: 2012, entitled, "Julio Buys A Skirt."

However, the concept of this event isn't to get men to dress up like women. "The idea isn't to dress boys up like girls or to turn men into women, but simply de-stigmatize the idea of males in skirts, therefore removing harmful rhetoric in today's society that is bullseyed on the minds of young men since childhood," he says.

You can find more information about this event here.