Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir recently wore a saree and sported a bindi to show his support to the transgender community. The Delhi cricketer, who is often vocal about issues that affect the ‘aam aadmi’, was donned the look at the inauguration of the seventh edition of Hijra Habba in New Delhi. Gambhir was the chief guest at the event, which also saw the transgenders dressed up Gautam Gambhir.
Hijra Habba is a yearly gathering of LGBTQI+ community and supporters. The aim of the event is to celebrate being a member of LGBTQI+ and to talk about the issues that plague them. The energy of the event and spirit is quite high and this year it was even more special due to the Supreme Court’s recent verdict partially decriminalising Section 377. In this year’s annual gathering, the presence of ace cricketer Gautam Gambhir boosted the morale of the community.
As per a report published in Hindustan Times, Gautam Gambhir said at the event, “I am really happy that section 377 has been scrapped and I want to congratulate everyone for this judgement. I am supporting them (the community) and the cause of this event, which is to accept the community as they are. One thing I can assure that we can’t grow and move forward without involving anyone. They are as Indians as we are and should be treated with dignity and respect.”
“It’s not about being a man or a woman. It’s about being a HUMAN.” With proud transgenders Abhina Aher and Simran Shaikh and their Rakhi love on my hand. I’ve accepted them as they are. Will you? #respecttransgenders pic.twitter.com/6gBOqXu6nj
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 25, 2018
Earlier on Rakshabandhan, Gautam Gambhir had tweeted a picture with transgenders Abhina Aher and Simran Shaikh who had tied a rakhi to him. Gambhir’s Tweet read: “It’s not about being a man or a woman. It’s about being a HUMAN.”