This nine-year-old boy wanted to wear pink lipstick - and his family had the best response

Lowenna Waters
Thursday 21 June 2018 15:00
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Picture:(@BijlaniDiksha / Twitter )

When Diksha Bijlani's nine-year-old male cousin applied pink lipstick, she and her family responded in the best possible way.

Taking to Twitter, Bijlani describes how her 'Little Cuz' was initially embarrassed by the fact he was wearing lip colour, and he hid under the bed and behind the curtains. She also said that he'd faced bullying for being transexual and enjoying applying makeup.

So, in a bid to break down gender binaries, and make the little boy feel loved and comfortable, the whole family applied lip colour, too.

'Cuz' seemed most at ease when Bijlani's brother applied the lip colour, saying:

He felt especially empowered when he saw my brother wearing it.

Instead of judging her little cousin, she took to Twitter to express how important it is that we don't become the bullies that we tell our siblings not to become, and that we support their 'place within the gender spectrum'.

So important to realise that we owe the responsibility of giving every younger kid a safe space to embrace his place within the gender spectrum.

Needless to say, many other Twitter users have been very impressed by Biljani's actions.

And if that isn't good enough, in a series of follow up tweets, Biljani says that 'Cuz' is now more comfortable in his skin than ever, and is even trying out new lip shades.

If only every family had a Diksha, then the world would surely be a much better place.

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