Former US President Barack Obama has praised San Diego-based Sikh neuroscientist Jiwandeep Kohli who is celebrating this year's Pride Month with a rainbow turban. Kohli, who is a bisexual, went viral a few days ago when he shared an image of his elaborate creation, his turban that featured the colours of the LGBT flag on Twitter.
"I'm proud to be a bisexual bearded baking brain scientist. 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," he captioned the image.
I’m proud to be a bisexual bearded baking brain scientist. I feel fortunate to be able to express all these aspects of my identity, and will continue to work toward ensuring the same freedom for others. #PrideMonth #PrideTurban #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/SVhc0iwDF0— Jiwandeep Kohli (@jiwandeepkohli) June 1, 2019
Complimenting Kohli, Obama tweeted on Tuesday: "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. Happy Pride Month, everybody!"
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. Happy Pride Month, everybody! https://t.co/SO7mgnOkgl— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 4, 2019
The California viral sensation responded to Obama. "I'm a fairly verbose person, but today I am lost for words," Kohli wrote. "Thank you for your support and the compliment, Mr Obama.If I can ever repay them with pastries, please let me know!"
I’m a fairly verbose person, but today I am lost for words. Thank you for your support and the complement, Mr. Obama. If I can ever repay them with pastries, please let me know! https://t.co/ZjJzXN4MM6— Jiwandeep Kohli (@jiwandeepkohli) June 4, 2019
His unique rainbow turban gained a lot of attention online and inspired many people from all across the globe. Take a look at some heartfelt tweets:
yo man i’m so proud of you 🥺 fellow sikh representing https://t.co/sv0eVJ7vPI— ❀ cs by #JIN (@rosey_kookie) June 5, 2019
so happy to see people like jiwandeep highlighted in the media. this turban is gorgeous and this guy is on track to doing amazing things. as a fellow #BiInSci and amateur baker you’re seriously doing things right! kudos 🥰🏳️🌈 https://t.co/eemgkrZw3i— crystal ✨ (@flcraison) June 5, 2019
Not all heroes wear capes. https://t.co/6eqI4wr0Ty— Pablo Prickasso (@Prickasso) June 5, 2019
I’m so happy to see a bisexual Punjabi!!!! This makes me feel amazing about myself!!! As a Punjabi I don’t see many bisexual people like myself but this just made me so happy!!!🏳️🌈😂😍❤️🧡💛💚💜 https://t.co/O3o4Pm6BPo— Parminder Kaur (@parminder9933) June 5, 2019
||: Words cannot express how MUCH I ADORE THIS. 🏳️🌈😭💕 https://t.co/mGpjzhjh1u— 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘳𝘯. (@ElessarOfHope) June 5, 2019
Thankyou for making world a little more equal. https://t.co/HmKzo8E7x0— Tanisha Huria (@TanishaHuria) June 5, 2019
The #PrideTurban is just the coolest. Our identities are intersectional. No reason we cannot bring our whole selves to the table - our faith and sexual orientation (among other identities). #HappyPride https://t.co/ZHvN4ORGeH— Jo Kaur (@SikhFeminist) June 3, 2019
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.