Pride Circle presents “equALLY: Stories by FRIENDS of the Queer World”, a first of its kind anthology of powerful personal stories of individuals who have stood up, spoken up for the LGBT+ community and created safe spaces at homes, schools, colleges, workplaces and in society

In the book, we get a truly ring side view to what it means to be an "Ally". 

There are 45 stories written from a first-person perspective by people from different walks of life - Parents, Teenagers, Teachers, Corporate Leaders and Celebrities.

We celebrate and spotlight the life experiences, perspectives, and sentiments of these individuals on their journey to ‘allyship’. 

Each tale is an inspiration, a motivation, and a reminder that there are people across the country for whom the aspect of an individual's identity and existence is imperative. Conveying their solidarity towards the LGBT+ community through their written experiences of realization and transformation into an Ally makes this more than just a book - it is a milestone on the path towards Inclusion

Why the Book? 

Everyone has ‘ally’ stories to tell and we recognise that with each retelling, these stories create stronger connections, inclusion and bring about change. The change we want to see in a world where no one has to sacrifice their family, freedom, safety, or dignity because of who they are or who they love.

So, while the 2020 edition marks a beginning, with every fresh edition we will encourage more individuals to come forward with their ‘ally’ stories and add to the building blocks of a decidedly Indian approach to mobilising LGBT+ allies.

equALLY is our token of appreciation for their acceptance, influence, and support.

What being an Ally means to us!

What does it mean to be an ally? It means living in a world where humanity exists in different shapes, sizes, colours, views, thoughts, genders, sexualities, and regions. Co-existence is what must enrich our soil to grow bonds of respect, dignity, and love between humans. We wish to reach out to other like-minded individuals to create an environment, a society, where we ensure the safety and dignity of the LGBT+ community, until a stage of widespread equity is achieved where the label of being an 'Ally' is dropped.

An “Ally” is someone who supports LGBT+ people — both publicly and privately.

The key qualities of an ally are a desire to learn and understand, to help LGBT+ people feel supported and included and work towards fairness and justice for each and every one.

Calling yourself an ‘ally’ is only the first step. It requires active participation and visible gestures of support for the people around us. It is about using your own position of power or privilege to elevate the unheard voices and to foster not only diverse but truly inclusive environment.

Allyship is a journey of acceptance, advocacy, and action.


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Anjali Gopalan

Human Rights &
Animal Rights Activist,

Naz Foundation
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Argho Sen

Head Commercial Products,
Service and Operations, India

Natwest Group
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Aruna Desai


Sweekar - The Rainbow Parents
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Ashish Kumar Jha

Director – Automation Solutions

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Dilip Chenoy

Secretary General

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Ernesto Noronha


IIM Ahmedabad
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Gunveen Ahuja

Head of Contact Center,
Pride India Lead

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Harish Narayanan

Head of Marketing

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Hemal Shah

Asia Pacific CIO,
and SVP of Data

Dell Digital
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Ishita Katyal

Author & Public Speaker

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Dr. Jyotsna Suri

Chairperson &
Managing Director

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
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Kanak Sahoo

Parent & Homemaker

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Karan Virwani


WeWork India
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Kevin G Kochar

Managing Director

Goldman Sachs
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Koushumi Chakraborti

Senior Lead
Compensation & Benefits

Infosys BPM
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Madhavi Dahanukar

Country Executive CEO

Northern Trust India
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Meetul Patel

Executive Director,
Strategic Growth

Microsoft India
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Mishkkaa Verma

Grade 9 Student 

The Future Kid’s School
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Mohit Malhotra

MD and CEO

Godrej Properties Ltd.
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Mohit Shukla

Managing Director,
Head - India
Legal and Lead –
India Regulatory and
Government Affairs

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Nandita Das

Actor and Filmmaker

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Dr. Nilakshi Roy

Associate Professor
Head of Department – English

Kerkar College
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Nitya Bhalla

Data Science Leader & Diversity and
Inclusion Leader

Nielsen South Asia
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Nivruti Rai

Country Head,
Intel India and
Vice President,
Data Platforms Group

Intel Corporation
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Pankajam Sridevi

Managing Director (India), 

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
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Pavan Vaish

Head of Driver and
Supply Operations

Uber India and South Asia
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Payal Pasha

Parent, Poetess
Animal Activist & Homemaker

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Ramkumar Narayanan

VP Technology &
Managing Director

VMware, India
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Sanjay Murdeshwar

Country President &
Managing Director

Novartis, India
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Saptorsi Hore

Head of Operations

ThoughtWorks, India
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Shaina Shingari

Breaking Barriers
Kick Start Equality
Special Olympics
Bharat Campaigner

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Simar Singh

Managing Director,
Group Operations, Hyderabad

UBS India
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Sindhu Gangadharan

SVP and MD

SAP Labs India
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Sreekanth Arimanithaya

Global Talent & Enablement
Services Leader

EY Global Delivery Services
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Sudhir Shenoy

CEO and Country President

Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd.
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Sudish Panicker

Managing Director
and Head

BNY Mellon International Operations, India
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Dr. Sukanyya Misra

Senior Vice President
India Technology Hub

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Suneeta Rao

IndiPop singer,
Dancer, Actress

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Surekha Shenoy

Corporate Leader

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Tanisha Vinod

Student, LGBT+ Ally,
Chocolate aficionado

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Tanvi Choksi

Head - Human Resources,
India JLL Business Services, Global 

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Taru Dahiya

Director, Asia Pacific,
Google Cloud,

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Trinetri Arora

Corporate Leader

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Tina Muthanna

Vice President
Business Analytics & Research

Fidelity India
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Vedica Saxena

Project Director

Tagore International School

So, an Ally is

Doting mother who understood her child over “log kya kahenge”.
Loving sibling who was the first confidant.
Caring teacher who educated the bully in school.
Supporting co-worker who addressed the trans colleague with the right pronoun.
Encouraging Vice President who wore the Pride T-shirt at work.
Discerning movie maker who brought authentic representation of the love story of the lesbian couple.
Enterprising journalist who made space for the queer story in the publication.

It is the small everyday things allies do that makes the big difference. Everyone can be an ally, what is your way?

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