“Many fathers insist that their cross-dressing sons change clothes before stepping outside—especially if neighbors are starting to snicker. A German dad is quickly becoming an international hero for taking an entirely different approach. When Nils Pickert moved his family from open-minded West Berlin to a more conservative small southern German town, locals rolled their eyes at his dress-wearing son. His 5-year-old boy became too embarrassed to put on his favorite frocks.
Pickert decided to teach his son a lesson in self-confidence and started wearing skirts around town himself. ‘I didn’t want to talk my son into not wearing dresses and skirts,’ Pickert told the German feminist magazine EMMA. ‘He didn’t make friends in doing that in Berlin already and after a lot of contemplation I had only one option left: To broaden my shoulders for my little buddy and dress in a skirt myself.’ A photo of the two dressed like twins (dad in a red skirt and son in a red sundress) appears in the German feminist magazine EMMA and is now spreading like wildfire across the Internet. People are applauding this father for teaching his son that you don’t have to conform to society’s gender expectations.”