Boy, 9, was bullied for wearing lipstick. This is what his cousins did to show support
A nine-year-old boy, bullied for wearing lipstick, has found support in his cousins, whose bold move has made him feel “accepted”.
Diksha Bijlani’s tweet about how her “Little Cuz” was bullied at home and how she and other cousins supported him has become viral on the internet.
Bijlani said in the past too, the cousin had been the target of jokes because of his “effeminate” nature.
“(He) loves to paint nails, wear lip colour, learn home science!” she wrote in the tweet.
After he was teased for putting makeup, he hid behind the curtain “shielding his lip-coloured face from the camera and his mom”.
So, his elder cousins came up with a brilliant idea to make him feel “comfortable and accepted”. They all wore the same lip colour and posted the pictures on Twitter in support of him.
And, guess what, this encouraged “Little Cuz” to finally come out and smile at the camera.
“So important to tell little kids gender is a spectrum... I hope all of us tell kids we know that they are valid, they are accepted, & they are beautiful today. I hope we don’t become the bullies we warn them of,” she wrote in her last tweet.
Seems like their sweet gesture succeeded in making him feel empowered. “UPDATE: Gender is not real. Yesterday me and my brother both wore red lipstick along with didi,” she told an elder of the household the next day, after he was reprimanded for riding a pink-coloured bicycle.
Many on social media were touched with the story and voiced their support.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- The new BJP office in Varanasi was built in about two year’s time at an estimated cost of around ₹6 crore, said a party leader.
- In a tweet, Akhilesh said that shifting of the lions was an attempt to kill the tourism industry in Etawah.
- Neeraj Kundan also lauded NSUI for winning two important posts in the recently held student union’s election at Kashi Vidyapeeth.
- Instructions have been given to the tourism department officials to prepare the detailed project report for the tent city in Varanasi.
- Circle police officers and police station in-charges have been asked to strictly comply with the instructions and counsel their subordinates to ensure no undignified caller tunes were used.
- Aligarh superintendent of police (SP) said the missing student was moved by road to Delhi from Aligarh and a team has been sent to the national capital to trace him.