Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns has written a heartfelt message to his daughter when she came out as transgender.
The Afghan-American novelist wrote a message on Instagram after his daughter Haris told the world she was a transgender woman.
In what is a lesson in true unconditional love and acceptance, Hosseini’s message is fully supportive of his daughter’s transition and the journey she has been on.
The author also shared that Haris had the full support of her family:
“I have known about Haris’ journey since last year and I’ve watched her navigate some very trying personal times. Transitioning is such a complicated undertaking — emotionally, physically, socially, psychologically — but Haris has met each challenge with grace, patience, and wisdom,” he wrote.
Hosseini’s fatherly message of support and acceptance is in stark contrast to the anti-trans rhetoric that is being normalised by the government and mainstream media. According to the Trevor Project, the support and love from their own family can literally save an LGBTQ child’s life.
“She is sober to the cruelty trans people are subjected to daily. But she is strong and undaunted. As a father, I have never been prouder of her. I am delighted to now have not one but two beautiful daughters. Most of all, I am inspired by Haris’ fearlessness, her courage to share with the world her true self. She has taught me and our family so much about bravery, about truth. About what it means to live authentically. I know this process was painful for her, fraught with grief and anxiety.”
Hosseini added, “I love my daughter. I will be by her side every step of the way, as will our family. We stand behind her. It’s a privilege to watch her enter the world as the beautiful, wise, and brilliant woman that she is. May God bless her.”