Haris taught our family about ‘bravery & truth’: Writer Khaled Hosseini on daughter coming out as transgender



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Afghan-American novelist Khaled Hosseini pens a heartfelt note for his daughter, Haris, who came out as transgender. His 21 year old daughter has taught his family about “bravery and truth”, he said.

The Kite Runner author shared the letter he wrote for Haris along with a picture of her on his social media handles. It read, “Yesterday, my daughter Haris came out as transgender. I’ve never been prouder of her. She has taught our family so much about bravery and truth. I know this process was painful for her. She is sober to the cruelty trans people are subjected to. But she is strong and undaunted.”


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 Speaking about his daughter’s journey, Hosseini wrote, “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.”

The proud father added, “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.”

Following Hosseini‘s Tweet, several fans of the novelist poured in support. One Twitter user wrote, “What a brave Afghan father that bravely accepts his child pride. This is really perfect. Congratulations to have a father like Mr Khaild Hosseini. We all afghan LGBTQI that still stuck in Afghanistan proud of You.” Another wrote, “As much as I love your books, this is the most beautiful thing you’ve written.”