This Mom Has A Beautiful Relationship With Her Daughter, But Can't Legally Adopt Her. It's Time For Change.

"That’s why I will become a lawyer. For my mom."

A recent Vicks ad from India is going viral around the world because of the heartwarming way it portrays the real-life relationship between a daughter and her mother who is transgender.


In the three-and-a-half-minute video, we meet the narrator, 15-year-old Gayatri, who tells us about being orphaned before she was taken "lovingly into her mom Gauri Sawant's arms and brought into her home."

She talks about how lovely their life together is. However, she explains that Sawant does not have the rights many others have because she is transgender. And Gayatri plans on doing something about it.

"Mom has faced so many problems in her life, and she has gone through a lot, but she has always cared for me." Gayatri said, "My Civics book says that everyone is entitled to basic rights. Then why is my mom denied them? That's why I will become a lawyer. For my mom."

In addition to Gayatri championing equality by becoming a lawyer, the video also encourages others to get involved by spreading a touch of care.

In 2014, India's Supreme Court granted legal status to those who identify as transgender by going beyond male-female binary roles to add a third gender. The court ruled that transgender people have equal rights under the law. However, many trans people still face discrimination, and they are still not legally allowed to adopt.

Transgender activist Rose Ventakesan told Huffington Post India that some are able to via loopholes, but they still do not have the rights cis-gender parents do.

"Several trans women adopt children, but outside the legal framework. Often very poor children are left uncared for and trans women are known to take them in and care for them," the Chennai-based activist explained, "Occasionally, very poor parents informally consent to an adoption where they hand over their children to trans women who wish to care for the child."

The director of the ad, Neeraj Ghaywan, wrote on YouTube that he hopes eventually trans women will be able to legally adopt, and he thanked people for their support. [Gauri Sawant] legally cannot adopt a child. Just hoping someday the world will be as one. Again, thank you for this overwhelming love from all around."

Given that trans people have yet to see equality and acceptance in many places around the world, the Vicks' #TouchofCare video resonates with so many. 

(H/T: Allure)


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