Posting a picture of his daughter Haris on social media, Hosseini had written, “Yesterday, my twenty-one-year-old daughter Haris came out to the world as transgender. 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.”
With his kind words, Hosseini is an inspiring example for parents, and for the world to be more accepting and respectful towards everyone. He further said in his post that Haris has taught his family a lot about bravery and truth, and they all support Haris in this decision. “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. She is sober to the cruelty trans people are subjected to daily. But she is strong and undaunted,” he said.
He also posted an old picture from their family album wherein Hosseini is seen with a young Haris.
I love my daughter. She is beautiful, wise, brilliant. I will be by her side every step of the way. Our family stands behind her. pic.twitter.com/xdJWD4Ikbi
— Khaled Hosseini (@khaledhosseini) July 13, 2022
“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,” Hosseini further said in the post.
Many of his fans and followers from across the world praised the author for being a supportive father. Here’s what some of the netizens said:
And we love u’ll too Sir. Thank you for being an inspiration to us. What more do our kids need, knowing that they have the most supportive family behind them! They’ll conquer the world! May the force be with you!
— Smitha Rajiv (@smitha_rajiv) July 14, 2022
Your novels have been some of the most moving and emotional stories I’ve ever read. You obviously have a tremendous capacity for empathy and love. What an amazing family your daughter is blessed with, and I’m so glad she has the support of her to find her own way and write her own tale.
— slippery slope (@ontheouts) July 14, 2022
Tears come to my eyes when I read of your acceptance and love of your daughter. I am glad you live the values that your compassionate books that center women’s experience suggest you have
— JVM (@JaneNbyc9sn4h4) July 14, 2022
For the unacquainted, Khaled Hosseini is a physician-turned-author and he is best known for his debut novel ‘The Kite Runner’ which was an international bestseller. Some of his other books by him include ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, and ‘And The Mountains Echoed’. He is also a UNHCR goodwill ambassador.
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