2021 Art Show

Sonali Jagdhane White


My name is Sonali Jagdhane White and my pronouns are she, her, hers and I've been creating art ever since I was little and I love to create. Once I identified as attracted to women I sought out connections to the LGBTQIA community, but still felt othered by my ethnicity. I eventually found KhushDC the DMV South Asian LGBTQIA+ volunteer organization in 2018 and joined the board in 2019 that I currently serve on. Joining this community has been truly validating and connecting to my roots. I love to create all types of art, and love spaces where I can express connection with my identity.

Media: Traditional art using pencil, copic markers, water color, pastels. I want to represent Queer South Asian Women love between women with darker skin tones.

Year(s): 2020

_1332 Is a a spiritual experience and how LGBTQIA+ love is not just about the physical, while maintaining the importance of the physical. Screenshot Is a scene from the Bollywood Movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge but between two women. We need more mainstream Queer representation! The final piece 1353 is another spiritual piece of loves transcendence beyond just the physical realm and the interconnectedness between nature and love.

Participating Organizations

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (APIQS) provides educational, social, and cultural activities for queer female-identified, gender-nonconforming, and transgender people of API descent in the DC metropolitan area.

Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA) is a volunteer-based social and advocacy organization for the the queer and transgender members of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To achieve this overall vision, AQUA works closely with other API and queer-identified organizations through advocacy, coalition building, education, networking, outreach, and support events.

The Capital Pride Alliance, through its stewardship of diverse programming and events, specifically year-round LGBTQ+ Pride festivities centered in Washington, DC and the National Capital Region, serves to celebrate, educate, support, and inspire our multi-faceted communities in order to grow and preserve our history and protect our rights for current and future generations.

KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural, sexual and gender identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and additional gender or sexual minority (LGBTQ+) South Asians and the South Asian Diaspora in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We represent a broad array of nationalities including those of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

KQT DC is composed of LGBTQ+ individuals and parents of Korean descent and allies in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area, committed to promote a welcoming space for fellowship and support, and advocating for LGBTQ rights in our communities.

The DC's Mayor's Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs was created in 1987 Commited to promoting and engaging the District's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents and business owners so they may successfully integrate into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the District, As the Mayor's liaison to the AAPI community, we connect AAPI residents and businesses with the District agencies to foster efficient and effective partnerships, improve access to services, and help break down language and cultural barriers.

NAAAP DC is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, professional association. Founded in 1982, NAAAP is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing pan-Asian organization for professionals, with thousands of members in 31 chapters across North America and China. The DC Chapter is one of its most active, emphasizing: Professional Development Programs, Community Engagement, Cultural Programs, Networking, and National and Regional Leadership Conferences.

Participating Sponsors