Human Rights &
Animal Rights Activist,
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.
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 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.
Human Rights &
Animal Rights Activist,
Head Commercial Products,
Service and Operations, India
Director – Automation Solutions
Head of Contact Center,
Pride India Lead
Head of Marketing
Asia Pacific CIO,
and SVP of Data
Author & Public Speaker
Parent & Homemaker
Compensation & Benefits
Country Executive CEO
Grade 9 Student
MD and CEO
Head - India
Legal and Lead –
India Regulatory and
Actor and Filmmaker
Head of Department – English
Data Science Leader & Diversity and
Intel India and
Data Platforms Group
Managing Director (India),
Head of Driver and
Animal Activist & Homemaker
VP Technology &
Country President &
Head of Operations
Kick Start Equality
Group Operations, Hyderabad
SVP and MD
Global Talent & Enablement
CEO and Country President
Senior Vice President
India Technology Hub
Student, LGBT+ Ally,
Head - Human Resources,
India JLL Business Services, Global
Director, Asia Pacific,
Business Analytics & Research
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?
"As an ally to people who are LGBT+ I will..."
In my experience of working with different companies, I have made an important observation - it is only when one brings their authentic self to work that they truly experience personal and professional growth. Organizations should proactively foster a culture of inclusion and belonging by supporting people in their personal journeys. This is especially important to the GenZ LGBTQ+ Community, who are beginning their career and want to join companies that champion a progressive and equitable culture. A place where 'we' and 'us' prevail over 'I' and 'me'.Head of Operations
We cannot afford to be dormant allies now. We need to break the taboo surrounding the LGBTQ+ community and encourage discussions. There will be questions, there will be doubts but we have to be patient and take them through this awakening process. I am consciously trying to bring in a change. Though I have not yet succeeded in doing so completely, the small steps I take every day matter the most.CEO and Country President