Sonal Giani

India

Sonal Giani, 31, one of the most prominent youth icons of the LGBT rights movement in India. She hails from Goa and after completing her studies there, she moved to Mumbai for work. The city of dreams is where she got access to support spaces for LGBT individuals and got actively involved in the fight against discrimination. She was outed, without her consent, at the age of 19, and it has been a long and arduous journey since. Taking part in the reality TV show, Connected Hum Tum, in 2013 made her a household name. She maintains that working with LGBT collectives such as The Humsafar Trust and reaching out to beleaguered members of the community has helped her heal and dream of a bias-free, equal world.

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