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Activist and Queer Hindu Priestess

Kushmani Pratima S. Doobay (she/her/hers) is an Indo-Guyanese musician (vocalist and instrumentalist), a feminist, human, and LGBTQI rights and social justice advocate who was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is the resident Priestess and Community Liaison forSadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus and an active volunteer of the Jahajee Sisters: Empowering Indo-Caribbean Women.

As a passionate community organizer, in 2018, she organized “MataJi Chowki,” a semi-annual forum of veneration, dedicated to the nine forms of the Goddess through singing of bhajans (religious high-powered songs), messages of inclusion, empowerment, and community togetherness. The inaugural edition of “MataJi Chowki” was a historic convening in a Hindu Temple of the Indo-Caribbean community in New York City to focus on social justice issues, which included addressing gender-based violence and uplifting LGBTQ+ issues in the Caribbean diaspora. The event featured two community-based organizations, Jahajee Sisters, a group committed to empowering Indo-Caribbean women, and the Caribbean Equality Project, a group that advocates for Caribbean LGBTQ+voices in NYC.

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Pratima has been openly and actively advocating for LGBTQI rights for many years through volunteerism with organizations like APICHA, HRC, Chutney Pride, Caribbean Equality Project, NYC Pride, and through Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus as a spiritual platform to discuss LGBTQI inclusion.

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