An 87-year-old grandmother in India showed the true meaning of love and acceptance when she joined her transgender granddaughter in making a short video that now has hundreds of thousands of viewers across the internet shedding tears of joy.
Kali and her grandmother made the video for Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay). On her own Instagram page (@melanatedbitch), Kali revealed how her grandmother was at first distraught upon learning that she was a trans woman despite being assigned male at birth. Her grandmother was worried about "Log Kya Kahenge," a Hindu and Urdu saying meaning "What will people think?" usually in a negative way to generate fear about one’s personal life.
"I was worried about her future," the grandmother said in the Instagram reel. "How would society treat her? What would our relatives say? But once I got better, I could see Kali suffering."
The grandmother decided that the happiness of Kali was more important than what others thought, and she chose a special gift to show her granddaughter just how much she loved her.
"So I took my jewelry and gave it to Kali to let her know I love and accept her," the amazing grandmother said in the reel. "Now I happily introduce Kali as my granddaughter to everyone!"
Kali posted her own message to Instagram, highlighting her grandmother’s story and explaining just how much her support has meant to her.
"The necklace I'm wearing in this photo was the first gift my grandmother gave to me after I came out to show her support for my transition," Kali wrote to her Instagram. "My grandmother was and is still my biggest support in my life."
She went on to explain how it was her grandmother who was instrumental in helping their family accept and love her as the woman she truly is.
So when Kali asked her grandmother if she wanted to participate in the Instagram reel, she jumped at the chance, saying she wanted to "give a strong message to society to help every transgender person out there to gain acceptance and love from their family."
Kali’s grandmother gave not only the best message possible when she closed out her reel, but also a basic lesson in love, tolerance, and acceptance.
"I just want Kali to be happy," she said. "If I can be 87 and accepting, I’m sure so can you!"