Over and over again the 'problem' of cutting your hair and not wearing a turban pops up in these boards. I'm no Sikh so perhaps I have no ground to speak of these things. But I do know what it means to stand out in a crowd.
In primary school I was just an average pupil. I was very shy and stuttered. I did have a couple of good friends but was not very sociable and sometimes even bullied for no good reason. So the school psychologist though I should join a club. In the village there were only a few options and as I was physically not very coordinated ;-) sports fell off. I joined the boy scouts. I very much liked the activities like camping, hiking etc. but the uniform was something different. You had to wear the uniform to meetings twice a week and on activities. But as it was very much outdated (not fashionable at all) every body called it a monkey suit. You got yelled at by kids that were not in scouting and you were called names and made fun of. I always avoided others while wearing the uniform and shyed away when they harassed me. I simply hated the uniform but loved the activities. Even most of my friends in scouting thought very negative about the uniform too. My parents made me wear it though with the argument that they didn't spent all that money on the uniform for nothing. I also did understand the function of the uniform in the scouting as an 'equalizer' showing no difference between rich and poor kids.