Saturday, October 29, 2011

South Asian queer family attends White House Diwali

The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hosted the 2011 Diwali Reception.  Some of the KhushDC family was lucky enough to have this opportunity to meet with attending dignitaries such as Ambassador Nirupama Rao, White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Executive Director Kiran Ahuja, Initiative Commissioner Amardeep Singh, U.S. Army Chaplain Pratima Dharm, and many more.  President Obama also spoke at the event.  A video of his comments are posted on YouTube.

In addition to those of us from KhushDC, it was great to see a number of South Asian LGBT involved in the executive and legislative branches.

From left to right: Gautam Raghavan, Chuck Johnson, JP Singh, Ashley Bell, Shamina Singh, Mira Patel, Aleyamma Mathew, Vega Subramanium, Puesh Kumar, Mala Nagarajan, and Tarak Shah