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German Dad Wears Skirts To Support Dress-Wearing Son

Dad Wears Skirt To Support Son

A dad in Germany is wearing skirts as a show of solidarity for his 5-year-old son, who loves to wear women’s clothing. Instead of doing what many dads would probably do (either gently persuade his son to wear more manly clothing, or tell him he can wear what he wants), the man, Nils Pickert, went above and beyond, wearing skirts out in public to support his son, effectively earning himself the title of Dad of the Year.

Pickert’s son loves to dress up in skirts and dresses, an incredibly unconventional choice in the “very traditional” South German village they live in, reports The Stir. The little boy’s clothing choices are so out of place that a resident even walked face-first into a street light while staring at him once.

The little boy became scared to venture out into the attire, because he did not want to be laughed at anymore. Instead of gently encouraging his son to wear more conventional clothes, Nils Pickert put on dresses and skirts too. Carbonated notes that Pickert explained:

“I didn’t want to talk my son into not wearing dresses and skirts. 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.”

Because of his dad’s response, Pickert’s son is no longer afraid to dress how he wants to, and the teasing he receives from others doesn’t bother him anymore.

“The day [after I wore a skirt] he fished out a dress from the depth of his wardrobe. At first only for the weekend. Later also for nursery-school. He’s simply smiling, when other boys (and it’s nearly always boys) want to make fun of him and says: ‘You only don’t dare to wear skirts and dresses because your dads don’t dare to either.’”

Would you consider wearing a skirt for your son to support his choice of wearing women’s clothing?

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193 Responses to “German Dad Wears Skirts To Support Dress-Wearing Son”

  1. Leigh Anna Clark Young

    Would I consider it if I were a dad? Nope. Nope, I sure wouldn't.

  2. Anthony Glass Eye Ellis

    And just think, these are the people that are going to conquer society as we know it.

  3. Anonymous

    I think that's cool and all to support your son, but I think he's taking his son's likeness of wearing dresses and skirts to a whole new unnecessary level. Sure kids like to experiment with styles and clothing, but to encourage it to this degree and make everyone laugh at him and put him on the front of the news, it will forever embarrass and follow him around. Other kids will not want to be friends with him and shun him. If he wants to do it, then fine… but for the adult to do this.. I think it's just wrong.

  4. Bevin Moss

    Good for him! What's wrong with you people? The man is taking care of his son. The boy won't grow up afraid or bitter. Won't shoot a freaking school because his parent actually cares enough about his happiness! The human race needs to grow up already!

  5. April Schmapril

    I think it was incredibly sweet of him.;If the son was older….some boys liked to play barbies or my little ponies with me when we were kids…none of them do it now…or will admit it, or be reminded of it….this kid is forever now on the internet as a cross dressing 5 year old…he will never live it down should it happen to be a phase…If the kid was old enough to understand these feelings and explain why he feels this way, then by all means support it and put yourself out there…but this is too young to be permanently putting his kid out there like that.

  6. Danny Miller

    This is what a parent should do. Just because we don't always agree with the choices our kids make, we always have to support them, and love them no matter what.

  7. Keith C. Parsels

    The Germans deserve to be taken over by islam. They have become irrelevant as a society.

  8. Georgia Bullis

    Oh yes, women wear pants don't they? Some even look like men.

  9. Karen Leffert

    I think this dad is making a great statement to all the kids out there that are laughing at his son. I love this dad. I wish this man was my son's dad. My baby loves to wear nightgowns to bed (he's 7) but he won't do it if he thinks his dad will see him. My husband could care less what his son wears but….kids pick things up from other places. He knows wearing a nightgown is 'bad'. I hate that. This dad is awesome with a capital AWE! The world hasn't gone crazy. Why should a boy have to wear pants on a 110 degree day and why should women have to run around an office in 4" heels? That's what I call crazy.

  10. Roberta Pactricia Fischer

    there needs to be more dads supportive of there child weather believe in it or not at least be supportive of your child , because children need to be heard too I was raised that children are seen not heard and that is dead wrong as I got older I relized this I also relized that children have a voice in the world and people anore them to offten and we end up with children that are afraid to express them selfs.

  11. Luis Pinto

    OMG why would a boy have dresses in his closet in the first place. I bet you that's what got him confused. The other day my 4 year old daughter wanted to drink alcohol and I told her no; does that make me a bad mother? since now a days kids can do what ever they want. Maybe I should let her drink alcohol so she doesn't get upset so that by the time she is 12 she becomes an alcoholic. In other words if you teach your son that is okay to wear dresses by the time he is 8 his going to think that he is a girl. Be smart people I'm not homophobic I'm just saying the truth.

  12. Jessie Henning

    I think this is awesome!!! If more people in the world were as open and accepting to different ideas like this…there would be a lot less hatred and ridicule!!! He's not just telling his son that it's ok with him…he's SHOWING him that it's ok to be urself!!!! Mad props, dad!!!!

  13. Jacqueline Sauer

    Oh Gale, surely for your judgement of others you would be the one going to hell. Maybe this little boy's body has more estrogen than testosterone…this does happen you know. Even if this were just a preference, who cares? What we wear does not make us who we are! You should know that if you ever venture down the Colorado River, you'll notice that ALL of the male river guides where skirts!! No chaffing and more airflow. Grow up people and get your bible thumpin heads out of your asses.

  14. Veronica Brown

    I think it's clear he loves his boy and as any loving parent knows…you make what you think is the best decision for your kid. Hindsight is always 20/20. When his dad decides to take off the dress, maybe his son will get bored and take it off, as well. Maybe, he won't, but he will remember that his dad had his back no matter what. He will feel loved for who he is, not for what society wants him to be.

  15. Hank Cronister Stollard

    Truly loving you child means accepting them for who they are and NOT what you want them to be. This dad is a hero, as far as I'm concerned.

  16. Hank Cronister Stollard

    Truly loving you child means accepting them for who they are and NOT what you want them to be. This dad is a hero, as far as I'm concerned.

  17. Vanessa Powell

    awesome I think more dads should be more supportive instead of judging this dad shows he supports his child no matter what he chooses to do.

  18. Ryan Carranza

    He wants to support his son who wears dresses. I don't think he would be so supportive if he was committing actual crimes. So lets not act like he is. It's dresses… He is starting his cross-dressing career earlier than most. Good for him.

  19. Robert Pinopolops

    It just goes to figure that the majority of comments on this column would support this type of behaviour. This is not about left or right, religious or non-religious, it's about knowing the proper roles of male and female in a society and the appropriate attire each should be wearing with respect to gender. But in this day and age in the modern society modernists have not only taken down the barriers of race (which is fine) but now they want to remove the gender gap as well. It only serves to show how regressive western society has become.

  20. Robert Pinopolops

    It just goes to figure that the majority of comments on this column would support this type of behaviour. This is not about left or right, religious or non-religious, it's about knowing the proper roles of male and female in a society and the appropriate attire each should be wearing with respect to gender. But in this day and age in the modern society modernists have not only taken down the barriers of race (which is fine) but now they want to remove the gender gap as well. It only serves to show how regressive western society has become.

  21. Bob Rudolph

    Well, he might have a sister. Or maybe they have it backwards and the father is a transvestite, recruiting his son….

  22. Anonymous

    It's not new or unusual. In Southeast Asia, men wear a skirt. It's an old tradition. Not a big deal, really!

  23. Mike Searcy

    the kid is 5….he doesnt know anything about sexuality…he probably just likes the air blowing on his pecker when he wears a dress.,..which is the only reason he wants to wear one.

  24. Catherine Miller

    AWESOME! Very secure in his manhood, and a terrific dad. Makes him a very attractive human being on every level.

  25. Colleen Keough

    Bullcrap! This dad is merely using his son to fill his own secret desire to 'cross-dress'. I've had SIX children and not one of them got to pick out their own clothes when they were only 5 years old. Shame the dad is using his son as an excuse for his own 'fetish'. Also, who would openly laugh at a 5yr old boy in a dress, at that age people would just think he's a girl anyway.

  26. Jimmy Gailey

    This is how parents should be! Supporting and accepting, no matter if it may embarrass or you think people would view you differently. He's a great father.

  27. Anonymous

    I wouldn't call him "dad of the year." It looks like he dresses his son in girls' clothing to support HIS skirt-wearing habit. I mean, where would his 5-year-old get the idea in the first place? Who purchased the childrens' dresses in the first place? I have nothing against transgendered people, but that child is too young to make a conscious decision on it.

  28. Leon TheLee Tillman

    Oh my if your son wears womans clothing then it's something going on there, why join him.

  29. Derek Lowrance

    I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid so my dad supported me by strapping a rocket to my back and shooting me into the air.

  30. India Itshotoutside Hamilton

    This is a REAL MAN! Their just clothes, and why take your child through trauma just because of what the sad part of society thinks? And its sick and sad to know there's parents on this post who are so against this, like why take your child through all that just because YOU are ashamed? Who knows, he might grow up to be the manliest man ever, or if not who cares? This is a great parent, I'd do the same!

  31. Jackie Worrell-Knight

    Gee even cavemen wore dresses and skirts; also the ancient Egyptian's wore dresses. Pant are on a thousand or so years old.

  32. Firebird Tomonaga

    What's the deal? Women wear pants, so who cares if men want to wear skirts or dresses? I applaud the father. That takes guts.

  33. Dorcie Lacy

    Why is wearing a skirt supportive to your son… If your son thinks smoking cigars is something he wants to do would you support that? The whole point is you are the parent…..your son is looking to you for guidance….. He lacks experience and knowledge and appears to have drifted form the traditional clothing for males…is this wrong…no… but your actions further confuse me… what are they doing to and for your sons identity issues. How is this helpful to your son's future happiness? Happiness is not about what goes on outside yourself it is a decision you make from within. Giving all of this attention to something so low on the list of important priorities is very niave.

  34. Audreen Keahi Lima-Connors

    That's whats important right? As long as it doesn't hurt his child or endangers him, so be it! Lots of Polynesians wear "skirts"- like to see somebody laugh at 300 lb Samoan,Tongan or Hawaiian to their face,lmao

  35. Kearstan Franklin

    perhaps he started by rummaging through his mother's closet. eventually, he asked for his own frilly wardrobe. i have three boys, and they have all played dress-up with my things. and five years old is not too young. people underestimate children. they understand a lot more about themselves and others than people realize. it's society's influence that distorts their point of view.

  36. Laurie Pierce Packard

    His shirt clashes with the skirt. And I know the Germans are very fashion savvy, so this surprises me.

  37. Mina Laufeyson Draculea

    I can't believe some of the people commenting here, how against it they seem. So what if the boy wears dresses? And the father is amazing for supporting him like this! They're just clothes, at least he's not running through the streets naked.

  38. Mina Laufeyson Draculea

    I can't believe some of the people commenting here, how against it they seem. So what if the boy wears dresses? And the father is amazing for supporting him like this! They're just clothes, at least he's not running through the streets naked.

  39. Mandy Weida

    Yeah that is Europe. Your ass needs to be in the kitchen. Catch my drift?

  40. Jessica Taylor

    Somebody send this man a metal, in the society of today where appearance is everything, he is only concerned for his son. What a great man and a great father, and an inspiration!

  41. Jimmy Gailey

    There's nothing wrong with that, Leon. As a gay man you should know or at least want acceptance from your parents. This boy is doing what he wants, and his parents are backing him 110%.

  42. Leon TheLee Tillman

    In not a gay man nor am i a cross dresser lol. And people like that and transgendered people are mentally ill that's what i truely believe.

  43. Jimmy Gailey

    Then why are you on my friends list? Your views are idiotic and one sided. There are no traces of any mental illness on anyone who are gay or transgendered.

  44. Jimmy Gailey

    Don't worry. I've removed you from my friend's list. I'd hate to be friends with a closeted idiot who has such negative views on his own people.

  45. Men's Skirts

    Obviously, all these women must have something going on for wanting to wear pants? Your attitude is no different than people’s attitude 60 years ago when women started to wear pants. They were arrested, put in jail and sent to the NUT HOUSE. Pants have only been around for about 200 years and for over 5,500 years men have worn skirts and dress like garments. Moreover, in most of the countries outside the west men still wear skirts and dresses. Its social prejudice that immediately thinks there is some issue. Consider this, over the last 60 years, when during that time were women “CURED” from their “disorder”……..they were not, as there was never a disorder, it was simply want society viewed as men and women’s clothing. A boy wanting to wear a skirt or dress is no different than a girl wanting to wear pants. Do we question a girl’s sexual identity for wearing pants, or question that girl’s sexual orientation….No! So why do we do the same with boys. The truth is that if women can have a feminine option in pants then men can have a masculine option is skirts.

  46. Men's Skirts

    Obviously, all these women must have something going on for wanting to wear pants? Your attitude is no different than people’s attitude 60 years ago when women started to wear pants. They were arrested, put in jail and sent to the NUT HOUSE. Pants have only been around for about 200 years and for over 5,500 years men have worn skirts and dress like garments. Moreover, in most of the countries outside the west men still wear skirts and dresses. Its social prejudice that immediately thinks there is some issue. Consider this, over the last 60 years, when during that time were women “CURED” from their “disorder”……..they were not, as there was never a disorder, it was simply want society viewed as men and women’s clothing. A boy wanting to wear a skirt or dress is no different than a girl wanting to wear pants. Do we question a girl’s sexual identity for wearing pants, or question that girl’s sexual orientation….No! So why do we do the same with boys. The truth is that if women can have a feminine option in pants then men can have a masculine option is skirts.

  47. Hunter Forgottenbridge

    It is actually just about the nicest story I've ever heard

  48. Men's Skirts

    I have reposted this a few times now. how long will it take for society to realise that it is holding double standards when it comes to boys and mens clothing. Why do judge boys so much harsher when they wear a dress but not at all when a girl wear pants. There is just no difference between a boy wanting to wear a skirt or dress and a girl wanting to wear pants or shorts.

  49. Men's Skirts

    I have reposted this a few times now. how long will it take for society to realise that it is holding double standards when it comes to boys and mens clothing. Why do judge boys so much harsher when they wear a dress but not at all when a girl wear pants. There is just no difference between a boy wanting to wear a skirt or dress and a girl wanting to wear pants or shorts.

  50. Leon TheLee Tillman

    Lmao!!! I have no people lol. and all I'm saying is that gay people are not mental its people who want to change there sexes and wear different clothing that are not there own is that's just plan freaky, but yeah good you removed me don't wanna be bothered with someone who supports this kind of stuff.

  51. Leon TheLee Tillman

    Lmao!!! I have no people lol. and all I'm saying is that gay people are not mental its people who want to change there sexes and wear different clothing that are not there own is that's just plan freaky, but yeah good you removed me don't wanna be bothered with someone who supports this kind of stuff.

  52. Men's Skirts

    That’s exactly what they use to think about women when they started to wear pants. Do you consider it normal for women to wear pants, if so then you are being a bit of a hypocrite? Maybe you need to have no female friends who wear pants?

  53. Men's Skirts

    That’s exactly what they use to think about women when they started to wear pants. Do you consider it normal for women to wear pants, if so then you are being a bit of a hypocrite? Maybe you need to have no female friends who wear pants?

  54. Stephen Joel Kenkeknem-Latrans

    Right on German Dad. Get that boy a kilt.

  55. Stephen Joel Kenkeknem-Latrans

    Right on German Dad. Get that boy a kilt.

  56. Leon TheLee Tillman

    Well there is a thing called "Womans pants" but there is no thing as mans dresses. But you obviously a confused fuck who don't know weather he's a dude or chick. But there's two types of gay people there are the ones who just live there life being gay and normal and have a bf then there's the sick fucks like you that runs around in dresses and thongs and oiles making other gay guys look normal so sir/mam please shut the fuck up talking to me cuz i wasn't paying you no attention.

  57. Leon TheLee Tillman

    Well there is a thing called "Womans pants" but there is no thing as mans dresses. But you obviously a confused fuck who don't know weather he's a dude or chick. But there's two types of gay people there are the ones who just live there life being gay and normal and have a bf then there's the sick fucks like you that runs around in dresses and thongs and oiles making other gay guys look normal so sir/mam please shut the fuck up talking to me cuz i wasn't paying you no attention.

  58. Kirsten J Walstedt

    This is really cute. What a wonderful Dad.

    What people believe about which clothing is appropriate to which gender is highly culturally determined. Many Middle Eastern men wear robes, which fit the basic definition of a "dress." These men are considered completely masculine. 100 years ago baby boys were dressed in pink because it was considered a "stronger" color and baby girls wore blue. Then somewhere along the line people decided to reverse that.

    I think that people and parents overreact to this type of cross dressing in very young kids. Kids don't know what it means. They are playing and experimenting, not declaring their lifelong gender orientation to the world. Most will grow out of it and return to societally expected gender norms when they get older.

  59. Marion Nigro

    this is rediculous – this is where society is going wrong If we never let the gay community out of the closet – they would be behind closed doors instead of flaunting it infront of our faces This five year old needs a tap on his tushie and a pair of jeans and tell him to go outside and be a MAN.

  60. Nicholas Bollaert

    You realize that kids are mean and if there are no boys in the class wearing skirts they'll just pick someone else, possibly at random, to pick on, right?

    Yes, there are still gender conventions for clothing that mean very little, but I do not see them as inherently the cause of problems here.

  61. Nicholas Bollaert

    I agree with everything you've said except… who is forcing anyone to wear 4" heels unless they work as a Showgirl or maybe a Cocktail Waitress? Flats are perfectly acceptable shoes for women :-p

  62. Bryan Yang

    and you're drifting away from the traditional clothing for females by wearing pants. DOWN WITH PANTS-WEARING WOMEN! Do you see the idiocy of this?

  63. Bryan Yang

    and you're drifting away from the traditional clothing for females by wearing pants. DOWN WITH PANTS-WEARING WOMEN! Do you see the idiocy of this?

  64. Bryan Yang

    and you're drifting away from the traditional clothing for females by wearing pants. DOWN WITH PANTS-WEARING WOMEN! Do you see the idiocy of this?

  65. Debby Richard

    To the people who object, would it have been okay if it had been a kilt? Or as an earlier poster noted, what if he was from one of the island countries of Africa? And as anybody who kids will tell you, until a child is taught something is "WRONG", they just do what feels right to them. Boys play with dolls, girl climb trees, boys wear skirts and girls wear jeans. If people would put as much energy into the real "WRONG" things in the world as they do a 7 year old boy wearing a dress, the whole world would be a better place. Kudos to this father for being a good man, leading by example and showing his son that anyone can go along with the crowd, but it takes a strong person to take a stand for what they believe in.

  66. Joni Kathleen

    The child is only 5 years old. One would hope this phase would pass.

  67. Anonymous

    My son chooses to kill somebody i am not going to go kill someone too just be supportive. Wow the world is going down the tubes in a hurry

  68. Elizabeth Tedore

    Nope, completely disagree with this. I Think it's wrong, and one day this child will be royally screwed up mentally. As a parent you need to sent boundaries, rules and limitations on your children and stop trying to be their darn friend and actually be a PARENT.

  69. Danny Miller

    I'm not in the hospital, so I have no idea what you're talking about. Who mentioned anything about killing anyone? Why use such an idiotic, extreme example to try to make a point? So, the world is going down the tubes because people support how a father shows his love and support of his child? Your stupidity and intolerance are reasons why this world is going down the tubes.

  70. Danny Miller

    I'm not in the hospital, so I have no idea what you're talking about. Who mentioned anything about killing anyone? Why use such an idiotic, extreme example to try to make a point? So, the world is going down the tubes because people support how a father shows his love and support of his child? Your stupidity and intolerance are reasons why this world is going down the tubes.

  71. Jude Bourff

    Mandy Weida Instead of catching your drift, why don't you just say outright what you just said to Veronica, (It would be much less cowardly.) "Your ass needs to be in the kitchen. Catch my drift?"=Veronica, you're just a girl. Shut up. No one wants to hear your stupid opinions. Go make me a sammich.

    Well, I'm a girl too and I would MUCH rather hear her opinions than your regurgitated misogyny.

    c'mon now,

  72. Audreen Keahi Lima-Connors

    kjis4given – As long as it doesn't hurt the boy or endangers him, Dad decided to support his son, you know, "United We Stand, Divided we Fall"? I know it kicks you in your Ego,but Bravery & Heroism comes in all shapes and sizes, so remember that when your son decides to tell you in 10 years he's gay-

  73. Audreen Keahi Lima-Connors

    Men's Skirts – Polynesians wear a type of a wrap around that would be considered a "skirt". Like to see somebody laugh in a Samoan, Tongan, Fijian,Maori or a Hawaiian's face.lol.

  74. Correy McAtee

    The judgement was pretty harsh when women started wearing pants (immodest, trying to usurp men's positions, etc). It just takes time (and riddicule?) to change stereotypes.

  75. Kearstan Franklin

    Kjis4given… What an amazing examole you have given. Everyone knows that all cross-dressers grow up to be homicidal maniacs. It literally happens to everyone one of them. Literally.

  76. Klae A. Klevenger

    You had six children and didn't let them pick out their own clothes at 5? That is wonderful for you, but there are other parenting styles. The Dad didn't start wearing dresses and skirts until the kid kept insisting on wearing them but felt like he should not because of the teasing. And trust me, as a man that wears skirts(NOT kilts), that dad would have already been wearing skirts around if that was part of his identity(not FETISH). You obviously were never made fun of, kids are cruel and take after their parents, if their parents are afraid of things that are different, they'll be afraid of something different. Trust me i got beat up cause of my Mullet in elementary school.

  77. Kearstan Franklin

    But then again, "these people" would never try and conquer anyone and force feed their beliefs down another's throat. Because they truly understand the meaning of tolerance love and acceptance. "These people" do not distribute hate and shun others simply because they have a different taste in clothing. There are other things to protest. And yet, this is your platform?

  78. Kearstan Franklin

    Really, Bob? A five year old puts on a dress and its total chaos in the streets? And just to clear it up a bit for me, when, exactly, was the world ever sane?

  79. Klae A. Klevenger

    OH NO! You're RIGHT! IT'LL BE ANARCHY JUST LIKE THAT TIME WOMEN STARTED WEARING PANTS!!! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG….oh wait. Nope just a man wearing a piece of clothing, a piece of clothing that the Romans thought was less barbaric than pants. Nope World still sane. Whew. You had me worried for a moment.

  80. Kearstan Franklin

    It doesn't matter what you like. That is literally your problem to deal with.

  81. Kearstan Franklin

    Well not everyone believes in God. And it doesn't matters what you like. That's literally your problem to deal with.

  82. Addassa Mari

    Now that is a parent, a man who personifies the term "Daddy". Out of the mouth of babes. It is high time to challenge the Agency/Communion roles we have assigned to each gender. I wonder where the notion came from that men wear pants and women dresses? Besides real men wear skirts, er kilts, togas… Besides the Romans, Greeks, and Scots sure had a lovely time showing some leg.

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  84. Evelyn Parham

    I don't know what to think. I do think this is rather strange. That's all I have to say. If I were a man, I would not wear a dress for my son or with my son. It's all strange and weird to me. Just my 2 cents.

  85. Colleen Keough

    The DAD 'says' he did not start wearing them until the kid did, doesn't mean that's accurate. I personally know a cross-dresser and he wouldn't dare do it in public, but he did it aound the privacy of his own home every moment he could. If he had a kid he could use as an excuse, he'd wear them in public as well and play it to his benefit. By the way, he told me his cross-dressing was a fetish, NOT an "identity".
    I got bullied and made fun of for different reasons, AND I have 6 kids, remember….don't you think that they haven't been jerked around in school too? Usually the bullying and 'made fun of' years came much later than 5yrs of age….try 9-17.
    Something else that I find amusing….my oldest son use to sport a mullet. The mullet was also blue….no doubt about it blue….blue man group blue. I didn't have to dye my hair blue to make him feel better. He was happy that he was allowed to have his hair the way he wanted and he was proud of himself for having the balls big enough to not care what others thought.

  86. Colleen Keough

    The DAD 'says' he did not start wearing them until the kid did, doesn't mean that's accurate. I personally know a cross-dresser and he wouldn't dare do it in public, but he did it aound the privacy of his own home every moment he could. If he had a kid he could use as an excuse, he'd wear them in public as well and play it to his benefit. By the way, he told me his cross-dressing was a fetish, NOT an "identity".
    I got bullied and made fun of for different reasons, AND I have 6 kids, remember….don't you think that they haven't been jerked around in school too? Usually the bullying and 'made fun of' years came much later than 5yrs of age….try 9-17.
    Something else that I find amusing….my oldest son use to sport a mullet. The mullet was also blue….no doubt about it blue….blue man group blue. I didn't have to dye my hair blue to make him feel better. He was happy that he was allowed to have his hair the way he wanted and he was proud of himself for having the balls big enough to not care what others thought.

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  89. Klae A. Klevenger

    Fetish: Any object or nongenital part of the body that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation. I'm pretty sure if this man was walking around with a raging erection the article would be quite a bit different. Your friend has a fetish. This boy is finding his identity and his father his helping him. You obviously haven't seen your cross dressing friend in his clothes. I bet he wears outfits that match. This dad is matching his sons red. He is not matching his own outfit. This Dad is being nothing but supportive of his kid and you have no right to say he is USING his kid. Just because YOU don't understand it. Your son should be able to handle bullies at the ripe age of 9 through 17. This kid is 5. He is just exploring the world and already kids are teasing him. You of all people should know how fragile a child so young is.

  90. Klae A. Klevenger

    So because I want to wear the "other genders" clothing I'm mentally unstable or ill as you put it? Is that why I'm pursuing a degree in Astrobiology and Biogeosciences with a Minor in Astrophysics? I'm pretty sure it'd be pretty difficult to pursue that degree if I was mentally ill as you label me because I wear skirts and side pony tails.

  91. Audreen Keahi Lima-Connors

    You know, Dad does it to support his son. Some because they like they way it feels.Some because of culture (Pacific Islanders, Scotland), and then you have some because they are so poor in their country, they drape themselves in whatever is available. We well off countries should be ashamed ostracizing based on a "cloth"- Seriously, are not better than that? Just saying-

  92. Klae A. Klevenger

    I find it hypocritical that you believe to know what it is that only HE knows. I thought HE doesn't tell US what's going on. Like during that ever so lovely "Kill your own son" debacle. The people who wrote the books were still only human. They were not god. Their words are not HIS words.

  93. Klae A. Klevenger

    Hi. I wear skirts. I'm majoring in a field most wouldn't understand. I help take care of my grandparents and my newest cousin. I have multiple friends and I enjoy going and spending time with them. I can do everything anyone else can do. I am a man that wears skirts. And no i am not "royally screwed up mentally" in fact I'm a pretty stable human. You should really at least try and get some facts before saying things as if they were fact.

  94. Klae A. Klevenger

    Actually the skirt and skirt like apparel for men has been in since we started wearing clothing. Which would mean it actually falls under "traditional" just like pants do.

  95. Kearstan Franklin

    Wait a minute, Leon. You seriously believe that because some is choosing to go against the grain and still be looked at as an equal that they are mentally ill? Well then, those freedom riders must have been out of their damn minds.

  96. Monica Matos

    Leon TheLee Tillman But once society believed gays to be mentally ill, before that it was people of color & women as well when they didn't know any better. Now Transgendered individuals are no different, we existed always under the umbrella of homosexuality but now we are out from under it. Instead of questioning your sexuality you question your gender, what's the big deal? And this article is simply about a boy being able to choose an article of clothing since its all it is, clothing…

  97. Bryan Yang

    This: "He was happy that he was allowed to have his hair the way he wanted and he was proud of himself for having the balls big enough to not care what others thought." Key word: allowed.
    Dying your hair isn't as socially unconventional as a boy wearing a skirt (although it shouldn't be). Dying your hair blue =/= boy wearing a skirt in this society in this day and age. Heck the most that will happen to a blue-haired kid is prolly some nasty comments, but what do you think will happen to a skirt-wearing boy in the public school system? With all those anti-gays around he could end up hurt/killed once he gets to elementary, then middle and high school… the fact that the dad is helping him gain confidence to dress the way he wants and to stay strong (the way you said your son is) is beyond amazing.

    BTW skirts have been worn by men since Roman times…

  98. Colleen Keough

    I've seen my friend in his clothes and he didn't match at all. I thought he looked absurd. I could never understand that when he wore 'guy clothes' he looked good, but when he put on his 'gal clothes' he looked like a mix match bargin bin from a flea market. He liked how the clothes made him feel pretty. (apparently we saw 2 different things)….and I never made fun of him or judged him for it.
    As far as the word "fetish" goes, HE said it was a fetish, I merely used the word because that's what I was told by him. There are all kinds of fetishes and I've heard the word used often. An "erotic response" does not always have to include a "raging erection".
    My son was called all kinds of names including gay. He was pushed around and made fun of because of his hair. Most kids at the young volnerable age of 5 want to copy their parents and be like them….so, it is still my opinion that the kid gets it from what he sees his dad do around the house and the dad is happy to use his child an excuse to satisfy his own desires. I haven't known any parents that have taken their 5yr olds clothes shopping and said "Pick your own clothes."
    I am not saying that I am right, I am merely sharing a different scenario that is very possible, (and have dealt with from personal experience).

  99. Klae A. Klevenger

    Yes, he couldn't possibly be copying his mother. No way. Boys only copy their dads. I'm sure his wife would totally let him out with his son, in his fetish clothing, if he had a fetish. You know with the whole holding hands thing. Yes your scenario, which goes against what is reported, has the slightest possibility of being true. I'm pretty sure though that this journalist probably talked to the man and got his story straight. besides your story makes this man look disgusting, with the connotation of using his son, and secret desire. You know one drag queen or cross dresser. I hang out with cross dressers, men who wear skirts, transgender, and my good friend who is a psychologist for people dealing with gender issues, the theatre community. I'm pretty sure my long talks with all of them about our differences and likenesses have given me more insight on the matter than say someone who has this one friend. You wanna know why people see my friend the psychologist? They see her because people like you make them out to be immoral or offensive. And it makes them suffer on the inside. I would think after the bullying of your son you would chose your words more carefully and give your quick judgments more thought. I hope you do in the future.

  100. Norbert Stippler

    This is sick. The boy should be taken into care for a while and this "father" be investigated for mental illness.

  101. Crystal Whitfield

    We are not supposed to support every decision our children make. That's what parents are for to steer their children in the way they should go.

  102. Danny Miller

    Seriously? Another one? I'm not talking about supporting your child's decision to become a serial killer, a rapist, bank robber, etc. I'm talking about supporting your son that likes to wear different clothes, your daughter that likes to be a tomboy, or if your son/daughter wants to be a ballet dancer, rock climber, astronaut, or whatever. Christ, people. Use some semblance of common sense.

  103. Katie DelCamp

    I think it is cool of the dad to do this, it isn't like he does it all the time its to stop the other kids from picking on his son which I respect him for. I don't think I would personally do this if I was a father, but I would support my children in their choices. I don't think it is wrong for a 5 year old to dress as he wants no matter what his reasoning is, BUT I would like to point out that it is about RESPECTING OTHERS CHOICES, so I am not going to attack the people who disagree with the choices this father is making, that is there choice.

  104. Birgit Kaffenberger

    This is more than sick,therapy necessary for both son and father

  105. Anthony Tassallo

    kjis4given you sir are the reason people hate america dude, he made the decision he thought was best do you even have kids? god i hope not

  106. Anthony Tassallo

    Crystal Whitfield good point but maybe his son was getting bullied or had no friends and he wanted to show him hes not alone people are there for him. like i said his heart was in the right place

  107. Anthony Tassallo

    So just because you raise a kid one way suddenly your way is the right way? Every situation is different your kids are not like his so do us a favor and get off your high horse please

  108. Anthony Tassallo

    Honestly I see where his head was, and personally I don't know what I would do in his situation but the hate and garbage that comes out of your mouths on this thread is shameful. Anyone every see the picture online with the caption " It doesn't matter who you are when a child hands you a toy phone you answer it?" This kid probley won't remember this. Anyone on here want to try and say they remember when they where 5?

  109. Keith C. Parsels

    Anthony it's "you are" or "You're" both a waste of Oxygen. By the way I hope you learn to speak Greek, Italian and Spanish since you are going to pay for their Socialist governments.

  110. Anthony Tassallo

    I find it humorous you can't intelligently defend yourself so you point out my grammer mistakes but your help is appricated hold on ill reposted it just for your buddy

    Patrick White and Keith Parsels you're both wastes of oxygen

    you should apply for a spell check job with facebook…..oh wait no one online really cares about grammer just saying

  111. Bridgett Sparks

    @Anthony Glass Eye Ellis, Who ever said that it was a Gay thing? He is Five, Maybe the dresses are just more comfortable for him. My Son had a larger than normal penis and the pants were hurting him. The DR actually suggested that I let him wear a kilt or some other form of "dress" to keep him comfortable. So who are you to decide that a five year old boy is Gay because he wears a dress?

  112. Daniel Dickey

    This is such a beautiful story! If only all parents prioritized children's happiness the way this father does, we'd have a much happier world.

  113. Mackenzie Dockens

    Would aluminum do? Or how about lead? Oh wait a minute maybe you mean a "medal".

  114. Susanne Kretzschmar

    Hey, mal nich so streng mit die beiden! So`ne Verkleidungsshow gibt sich meist von alleine…

  115. Joshua Lowell Hartley

    Yeah, that's right. The correct answer is proving to the world your 5 year old son who doesn't know better is raising you. Not the other way around. When he wants to drink from the toilet I hope you join in for that too.

  116. Tundrablack Wolf

    what is wrong for a guy doing this its not like hes dressing up to look like a woman to hide who he is in side I see girls wearing boy cloths but I don't see nothing wrong with a girl wearing girl pants because I think girls look great in them like they do shorts and I'm glad girls don't have to wear just dresses but get to wear pants and shorts like we do.

  117. Tundrablack Wolf

    what is wrong for a guy doing this its not like hes dressing up to look like a woman to hide who he is in side I see girls wearing boy cloths but I don't see nothing wrong with a girl wearing girl pants because I think girls look great in them like they do shorts and I'm glad girls don't have to wear just dresses but get to wear pants and shorts like we do.

  118. Presley O'Bannon

    Does this guy eat ice cream for breakfast and skip work to go to amusement parks? Kids usually like doing that shit too. It doesn't make it productive. This guy's an adult?

  119. Lauren Matthews

    YES! It's not fair! As much as it boils my blood when women tell little girls to be more 'girly', you're right, tomboys are accepted more. It's not right. :(

  120. Lauren Matthews

    YES! It's not fair! As much as it boils my blood when women tell little girls to be more 'girly', you're right, tomboys are accepted more. It's not right. :(

  121. Lauren Matthews

    Because killing someone and wearing a piece of clothing used by men in many societies anyway just via a different name IS LIKE TOTES THE SAME GAIZ

  122. Lauren Matthews

    Kearstan Franklin The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a documentary, you didn't know??

    /sarcasm

  123. Lauren Matthews

    Crystal Whitfield Sometimes the idea of where they 'should' go is entirely subjective.

  124. Lauren Matthews

    Your idea of what a parent is terrifies me. Why can't you be a friend and a parent? Or do you only know how to yell and scold and force your opinions on kids, then wonder why they grow up resenting you?

  125. Lauren Matthews

    He's forever now on the Internet as 'the kid whose Dad wins at life.' And if he does stop wearing dresses, that'll serve to prove all the disgusting, judgmental 'he's going to be screwed up forever' types wrong. :)

  126. April Schmapril

    That is an extremely sweet and optimistic way of looking at it, and I wish that was the case, but I believe it's giving a lot of people too much credit, bottom line is, when he gets older rather it's a phase or truly who he is, those that matter will stick by him

  127. Diane Dodds

    There is nothing wrong with freedom of expression for people to wear what they feel comfortable and what makes them happy. The problem this boy could grow up getting bullied and then getting older have a hard time choosing to be forced to live as a man by societal rules or go down the difficult road of transition to female.

  128. Emz Strong

    A man wearing a skirt does not make him a transgender Its only WESTERN CULTURE that said women wear skirts and men wear pants. In all the PACIFIC ISLAND CULTURES The men wear skirts and there is nothing more manly than a PACIFIC ISLAND MAN rocking his lavalava

  129. Emz Strong

    Leon TheLee Tillman I see you were born in egypt well the ancient egyption men wore a rap around skirt known as the shendyt….Whats the difference?

  130. Richard Brum

    Yeah, that's right. The correct answer is proving to the world that you would rather shame a 5-year-old kid than have his back and show him that who he is isn't bad or disgusting, and that people should accept him no matter what pieces of clothing he puts on his body.

    Seriously, you're comparing wearing a skirt to drinking out of a goddamn toilet? What the hell is wrong with you?