Barack Obama praises Sikh man who participated in pride march wearing rainbow turban

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 05 June 2019, 04:27 PM
Jiwandeep Kohli
Jiwandeep Kohli

Former US President Barack Obama was all praises for Jiwandeep Kohli, a San Diego-based neuroscientist who is celebrating this year's Pride Month with a rainbow turban. Kohli, who is bisexual and a Sikh, went viral a few days ago when he shared an image of his elaborate creation on Twitter. "I'm proud to be a bisexual bearded baking brain scientist," he captioned the image. "I feel fortunate to be able to express all these aspects of my identity and will continue to work towards ensuring the same freedom for others."

The picture of Kohli went viral on social media and gathered over one lakh 'likes' and more than 15,000 retweets. Obama, who has been the vocal supporter of LGBT community took to Twitter and wrote,” "You've got a lot to be proud of, Jiwandeep. Thanks for everything you do to make this country a little more equal. Turban looks great, by the way," wrote Barack Obama on Twitter.  "Happy Pride Month, everybody!" he added.

Obama's tweet has collected more than 3 lakh 'likes'.

Pride Month kicked off on June 1 and honours the LGBTQ community while commemorating New York's Stonewall riots in June 1969 that signalled a turning point in the movement for equal rights.

According to Kohli, it took “about an hour of tying, untying and safety pinning” to get the rainbow effect just right. In a recent interview, Kohli said he was inspired by another Sikh man’s rainbow turban.

First Published: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 03:53 PM
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