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Academic Research

Research Reports

Patel, S., & Travers. (2021). (rep.). 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion in School-Based Physical Activity Programs. Ottawa, Ontario: Physical Health Education Canada.

Non-Fiction Books

Patel, S. (2022). Don't Tell My Parents: Queer Diasporic Truths. Friesen Press. 

Patel, S. (2022). Not All Lesbians Are White: The Suffering and Survival of a Queer South Asian Woman. In S. Mann (Ed.), I Feel the Love: An Anthology of Queer Joy. essay. 


 Research Focus 

Queer South Asian Women in Canada

Sonali (Alyy) Patel pioneered Canadian research on queer South Asian women's issues in the diaspora. Alyy is best known for her revolutionary research findings that revealed the culturally-specific forms of racism experienced by Queer South Asian Women. This publication ranked as the 7th most cited article of 2019 in the Journal of Lesbian Studies. Alyy's research successfully increased visibility for this severely underrepresented population.

Knowledge dissemination is the most critical aspect of my research. Check out my talks, podcasts, feature articles, accessible education on social media, and community organizing work to learn more.

Queer Souh Asian Women

Research Interests

Sonali (Alyy) Patel is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research works to conceptualize the culturally-specific forms of racism against Queer South Asian Women in North America. Alyy's broader research interests include:

  • Sexuality & Gender

  • LGBTQ+ Social Movements​

  • Political Sociology (Power)

  • South Asian Immigration & Diaspora

  • Race & Inter-Ethnic Relations

  • Intersectionality

  • Critical Ethnography

  • Qualitative Methods

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