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SONALI

alyy patel

Trailblazing LGBTQ+ Activist & Scholar

Overview

Sonali (Alyy) Patel is a trailblazing LGBTQ+ scholar, activist, writer, and influencer, who has made Canadian history on several accounts. Alyy is best known for making monumental strides for Queer South Asian women in North America. By age 23, Alyy pioneered Canadian research on Queer South Asian Women’s issues in the diaspora, as well as solely founded the Queer South Asian Women’s Network—a thriving national non-profit organization and the first of its kind to bring this severely invisibilized community together in mass. In 2020, Alyy made Canadian LGBTQ+ history as the first South Asian speaker at Pride Toronto’s Dyke March.

Alyy passionately works to build community capacity through knowledge construction and mobilization. She has spent the past decade spearheading countless queer initiatives across Canada, such as Halton Region's first LGBTQ+ Pride Festival (2015) and the Queer Gujarati Parivaar (2021). Alyy dedicatedly raises awareness about the issues and experiences of Queer South Asian diaspora through her writing, public speaking, various media outlets, research, and community activism. Alyy's work intends to challenge enforced assimilation to Western-normativity, as well as empower others to authentically embrace their multifaceted identities.

Alyy is a Toronto-based Gay, Gender Fluid, Indo-African Gujarati on a mission to foster inclusivity by influencing worldviews, bridging community gaps, and inspiring others to lead with love.

Alyy is also an independent diversity & inclusion consultant and keynote speaker.

She’s an overall badass paving the way for queer South Asians everywhere.

— Samantha Mann in BUST Magazine

Noteworthy Achievements

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30+ Speeches Delivered

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Successfully Mobilized 
Queer South Asian Women

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World-Renowned LGBTQ+ Activist

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