A group of teenage boys in the Arizona town of Tucson celebrated a schoolgirl’s birthday on Tuesday by singing, dancing and wearing their traditional headdresses.
“Boys have a place in our society and we should show them that they have a role to play,” said a group of five boys and one girl, all wearing a bright red shirt and bright blue shorts.
They walked down the street, wearing their new outfits.
“They have to have a little bit of freedom, but it’s not a big thing,” said 18-year-old Connor O’Brien, who has been a member of the group since its inception.
After the group walked into a store, a woman asked the group if they were boys or girls.
They responded that they were all boys and girls.
The group marched to the Arizona Capitol to honor the schoolgirl, a 19-year old Arizona State University graduate.
In the days leading up to the march, the group decided to go to a different school, where they planned to talk about what happened when their friend was assaulted.
“We didn’t want to make it any more complicated than it needed to be,” said Connor, who said they were encouraged by some of the boys in their group to speak out.