Metro riders this weekend may see a horde of skirt-clad men during their commute.
Men in skirts, kilts, and dresses will participate Saturday in the first annual "Man-Skirt Metro Ride." Participants will meet at 3 p.m. at Metro stations throughout Los Angeles, including the Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena, and ride to the Hollywood/Highland station by 5 p.m.
The event, organized by Alhambra resident and writer Joshua Castro, 27, was inspired by the global "No Pants Subway Ride" and asserts the rights of men and boys to wear skirts without fear of discrimination, Castro said.
"The root of all discrimination towards the man-skirt is homophobia, which in turn is rooted in sexism," Castro said. "It's not only ridiculous, but harmful. And it needs to stop now."
Castro's short story “Julio Buys A Skirt” — published in East Los Angeles College's annual publication, Milestone: 2012, and on Alhambra Source — is the source of Saturday's theme. But while the ride is open to anyone, Castro emphasized that it is not a transgender or gay rights event.
"It is intended to support the right of all men, gay or straight, who identify as 'male' in their choice to wear skirts or dresses," he said.
Swedish men in skirts will also be participating. Jesper Isaksson, a member of Castro's "Women Wear Pants, Let Men Wear Skirts" Facebook group, created a similar event in Stockholm, which will occur simultaneously with the Los Angeles event.
“I think this is important from many perspectives," Isaksson told Your Living City. "One is that it’s fun. And I want to make the skirt less dramatic. It’s just a piece of clothing, nothing else. So I want to make it unisex. It shouldn’t be weird to wear a skirt whether you’re a man or a woman."
For more information, please check the Man-Skirt Metro Ride Facebook page.