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.
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.