Gender bending 101 – Daniel Girard – Education Reporter

Cross-dressing philosophy professor makes bold political fashion statement

Professor Michael Gilbert admits his wardrobe choice this day is entirely inappropriate.

It’s not that the conservative black skirt, matching blouse and jacket clash with his necklace, pink watch strap or gold bracelet. Nor is his make-up smudged or his grey curls askew.

No, Gilbert is a little miffed that he’s chosen one of the coldest days of the winter to come to York University as “Miqqi,” his cross-dressing alter ego.

“If I’d looked at the weather forecast, I’d probably have changed my plans,” Gilbert, 61, told his fourth-year philosophy class last week. “I’m probably the only person on campus today wearing a skirt. And, Michael would have definitely worn a hat but today I had my curls to worry about.