Our Story


Mission Statement

Parivar celebrates the intersectionality of our Trans and Queer South Asian identities and builds a community of light, love, and acceptance.

Vision

Parivar has a simple tagline: “Our South Asian Queer Trans Family.” Reclaiming spaces beyond cisness, Parivar uplifts South Asian Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) individuals and welcomes all queer, gay, lesbian, intersex, bisexual, and allies. As the front door for the greater South Asian Queer Diaspora, Parivar focuses on our local, California community with a global mindset.

We strive to:

Promote an inclusive definition of the South Asian diaspora, including individuals from the Caribbean, West Indies, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and anywhere else in the world

Create a Transgender, Transexual, Intersex and GenderNonBinary centered space to unapologetically uplift the most marginalized members of our communities

Bringing together Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Ally, and Pansexual identities as one family that stands for and supports one another

Build racial equity and cultural humility to fight casteism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, gender binary constraints, anti-blackness, and immigration inequality

Drive South Asian Queer education, awareness and inclusion through meaningful partnerships aligned with Parivar’s vision

Our Founders

Anjali Rimi(Koka)
(She/They)

Co-Founder and President

Anjali Rimi (Koka) thrives in community showing up as a leader driving accountability for Trans Justice. Keeping connected to her South Asian roots, she co-founded Parivar, South Asian Trans and GNC-centered Queer Trans Social collective. 

Anjali Rimi(Koka)(Pronouns:She/They) thrives in the community showing up as a leader driving accountability for Trans Justice. Keeping connected to her Indian Asian roots, she co-founded and serves as the President for Parivar Bay Area, the first South Asian TGNCI Queer Trans Organization. 

Rimi also serves on boards for The LGBT Asylum Project, East Bay Stonewall Democrats and San Francisco Pride along with being on The Trans Advisory Committee with the Office of Transgender Initiatives, City of San Francisco. Anjali Rimi holds an MBA and has been in Corporate America for over 20 years in Business Development & eCommerce operations leadership roles. She is an effective facilitator and a consultant with DiversityJourneys holding workshops across many inclusion at workplace topics.

She is a social awareness performer of dance, poetry and spoken word. She is fluent in English, Telugu, Hindi, and Urdu. While proficient in French Rimi is a vast international experience of cultural and regional norms having lived in over 11 cities across India, Canada, and America

Her undeterred ask is to accept Trans identities as equal individuals, capable of holding jobs, degrees, relationships, and dignified lives. 

Anand Vedawala

Read more at anandvedawala.com.

Anand is a substitute teacher, writer and artist based in Oakland. He is also one of the organizers of San Francisco Zine Fest, which celebrates and supports independent writers, artists and creators, allowing them to share their work with an ever-growing audience in exhibitions and public events.

SNJV

Read more at: snjv.co

SNJV (pronounced: SUN-JEEV), is an artist who dances, choreographs, acts, and models. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, SNJV began dancing at a young age and performed at family functions and in various venues throughout his childhood. He credits Old Bollywood and the movement of humans for inspiring his unique style of high energy and expressive dance. While performing, he pursued education which lead him to earn a Bachelor of Arts from UC Merced in 2009 and a Masters of Education from the University of Vermont in 2010. He has balanced both a career in Education and a career in the Arts successfully for over a decade and has been a champion of the 9-5/5-9 hustle.

Advisory Committee

Madhvi Trivedi-Pathak
(They/Them)

madhvi trivedi-pathak is artist and activist who intends to sow seeds of decolonial healing for queer, trans, gender non-conforming, intersex Black, Indigenous, people of color (QTGNCI BIPOC) at the intersection of dis/ability justice and transgenerational trauma in their work as a beginning trainee therapist. They are in the Community Mental Health program at CIIS and have a background in grassroots community organizing, arts activism, rape crisis counseling and youth advocacy.

J Jha
(All Pronouns)

J is a gender non conforming South Asian asylee, who is practicing the art of storytelling from trans centers of gravity. In November 2019, J presented the world premiere of Mahâbhârata, a solo-telling of the great Indian epic, adapted by Geetha Reddy, a South Asian-American playwright, where the re-tellng intentionally presents the non-cis gendered male perspective that has (and continues to) otherwise dominated this conversation for thousands of Hindu years.

#translivesmatter

www.pankajkjha.com

https://youtu.be/s5eQW40SjQg

Devesh Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.
(He/Him)

Devesh is a scientist at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. where he founded and co-chairs the PRIDE employee resource group. Devesh is originally from India and moved to the Bay Area in 2016 after finishing his PhD at the University of Delaware. He is also a trustee at Dharni USA, a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on enabling geography education in India. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking traditional meals.

Leo
(He/They)

Leo was raised in Edison, NJ, recently graduated from Vanderbilt University, and moved to the bay in August of 2019. Since then, he started work as an Acoustic consultant at Arup and has been part of the Parivar family as well as a member of APIENC’s Trans Justice committee. Leo is a musician, activist, engineer, and certified nerd. He is excited to elevate the voices of queer and trans Desi folks and all QTPOC in the bay.

Rural Tamil human nomad refugee living in the Bay Area. A product person at the core and luckily getting to do that for a living as well. My primary social goal is to in some small ways lessen the stigma and burden for next genreation intersex and queer South Asians.



Kavi
(He/Him)

Kavi (he/him)is a South Indian, queer and trans Bay Area native. He is a fiction and nonfiction writer working in government communications. His primary goals are to uplift other trans folks of color and push back against the gender binary through stories and community.”