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Obama praises Sikh man with rainbow turban

June 06, 2019 03:08 PM

WASHINGTON:  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.

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!"

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."

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.

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