Queering Desi is a podcast that celebrates the unique experiences of South Asian LGBTQ+ people. Each week, a guest will chat with long-time community activist, writer, and Brown Girl editor Priya Arora, about their journey, their work, and what it means to be true to who you are.

To help us share our stories in our own words, and take the burden of representation off each individual, this podcast aims to be a breeding ground for discussion and a platform for being loud and proud, no matter who you are!

In this first episode, Priya chats with her partner, Reema, about why she’s starting ‘Queering Desi’ and what the audience can expect from upcoming episodes. They also share their coming out journeys, and later, they play games like “Be In or Be Them” and “Date, Marry, Kill.” Priya finds out Reema didn’t know who Oprah was until recently, and the two make difficult decisions about their celebrity crushes.

Tune in for a new episode every Wednesday, and be sure to hit rate and subscribe! Currently available on iTunes, Google Play, and AudioBoom (or wherever you listen!).

Know someone in the South Asian LGBTQ+ community who should be featured in an upcoming episode? Have questions for our host or guests? Send questions, comments, and feedback to [email protected]!


Priya Arora is a queer-identified community activist, editor, and writer. Born and raised in California, she has found a home in New York City, where she currently works as a frontpage editor at HuffPost. She previously served as a board member for SALGA NYC, the tri-state area’s South Asian LGBTQ organization. As an activist, she has spoken, performed, and presented at various LGBTQ events across the country. Priya’s educational background in mental health has fueled her passion for capturing and fostering the narratives of LGBTQ+ people of color. When she’s not working, Priya enjoys watching old school Bollywood movies, laboring over crossword puzzles, reading books she never finishes, and eating way too much of her partner’s homemade Hyderabadi biryani.

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