Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-10-17
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

PASSAGES South Asian LGBTQ community organizer Deepa Patel dies
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2018-04-20

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Original Trikone Chicago board member Deepa Patel, 31, died March 9 at Loyola Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.

Patel, who identified as a lesbian, was the first woman to be elected to the queer South Asian-focused Trikone board. During her time with the organization; Patel started many initiatives including "Ladies Night," keeping the Jai Ho Parties going, having a Trikone float in Chicago's Pride Parade, centering queer women and trans people in the South Asian community and starting a PFLAG group for family and friends of Trikone members. She set an example for other Trikone members by bringing her ally siblings to events and encouraged others to do the same.

Outside of her work with Trikone, Patel spent time teaching the South Asian community-at-large what it means to be LGBTQ.

Patel was born April 6, 1986 in Chicago and was raised in Schiller Park, Illinois. She received her associates degree in nuclear medicine from Triton College and spent her career working at Lincoln Park Heart Center in Chicago's Lincoln Park.

She is survived by her father Dipak Patel, mother Jayshree Patel, sister Roshni Patel and brother Jay Patel as well as many friends.

"She was a proud member of the LGBTQ community and lover of dogs," said Roshni.

"Deepa's willingness to be a visible face of the Trikone queer family and the courage she exuded by engaging with people both within and outside the larger South Asian community vis-a-vis sexual orientation and gender identity, an often stigmatized and misunderstood topic, should serve as an inspiration for future activists in the community," said long-time friend and fellow former Trikone board member Jay Ash Nair. "The pride she took in her chosen family, and in performing those crucial first steps in fostering a community for Desi-South Asian queer folks is the kind of steadfast dedication that will be missed. Above all, I will miss a dear friend."

"From driving our truck at Chicago Pride, securing her own brother to DJ our dance parties and organizing events for queer women, Deepa was integral in shaping Trikone in its formative years," said friend and fellow former Trikone board member Kareem Khubchandani. "Her no-nonsense attitude, warmth and her commitment to making every member of our organization feel like family made her a joy to be around. I will miss her so much."

"Deepa brought the much needed queer woman's voice to Trikone and had been instrumental in organizing the first kind of events for queer women for Trikone," said friend and fellow former Trikone board member Moses Tulasi. "One of Deepa's strengths was the way she reconciled her activism with her family values. She did not see them as mutually exclusive. She loved her family very much but at the same time she also embraced her queerness and there was no way she was going to abandon either of these aspects for the sake of the other. So she made it work. She gave them enough time to understand who she was and eventually her family became one of the very few South Asian families that visibly supported her at Pride marches and other events. I had always been envious of Deepa as much as I loved her for the kind of formidable life she led—full of love, compassion, grit and grace. It seemed she was living her life in fast-forward. Little did we know there was a reason for it, to leave us all too soon. The only thing left for us, her loved ones, is to learn from her life and try to make our lives as meaningful as hers."

"I moved to Chicago in January 2012 and contacted Trikone hoping to find a queer South Asian community," said fellow former Trikone board member Anurag Lahiri. "Deepa responded and invited me to the group's Ladies Night gathering, which aimed to make intentional space for queer women, in a community that is predominantly comprised of cisgender, gay men. This was my first Trikone event, and to this day I am still friends with the people whom Deepa introduced me to.

"After that Ladies Night, I went to my first Jai Ho party, where Deepa performed. She was Trikone's first drag king. A year or two later, I also performed drag for the first time with her. We performed Desi Girl from the movie Dostana, with another friend of ours. As time went on, I eventually joined the Trikone board as well. Deepa really pushed for Trikone's expanding presence across Chicago and the Midwest and her presence will be greatly missed by myself and our entire community. We will be having a get together every year around the time of Deepa's birthday, to honor the fact that she is the reason we know each other."

Patel's memorial service and cremation took place March 11 at the Bohemian National Cemetery according to Hindu customs.

The family has indicated that all monetary donations should be made to the Human Rights Campaign and/or the Humane Society in her memory.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Lesbian CEO takes reins at New Thought Channel 2018-10-22 - At New Thought Channel, Paula Langguth Ryan serves as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer, marketing director and promotions manager. Now, has ...


Gay News

Tamale Sepp starts a new chapter 2018-10-17 - Internationally renowned comedian and interdisciplinary performer Tamale Sepp has relocated to the East Coast after serving up 16 years of comedy, performance art, ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2018 Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot unveils LGBTQ policy framework 2018-10-17 - On Oct. 11, which was National Coming Out Day, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot unveiled her LGBTQ policy framework at a roundtable discussion ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Robert Klein Engler 2018-10-17 - Robert Klein Engler, of Chicago and Omaha, passed away Oct. 3 in Omaha. He was 75. Robert was a well-known and brilliant writer, ...


Gay News

'LGBTQ Movement, Then and Now' Oct. 18 2018-10-17 - Out@COMCAST and Out@NBCUNIVERSAL, in conjunction with Out & Equal Chicagoland, will present "The LGBTQ Movement: Then and Now" Thursday, Oct. 18, at NBC ...


Gay News

Lesbian Erasure, Part One: Defining Lesbianism 2018-10-16 - [Author's note: for the purposes of space, except for brief references, this article focuses on lesbian couplings in the U.S.] Lesbians exist. ...


Gay News

Center on Halsted, BWFW celebrate Harlem Renaissance 2018-10-13 - On Oct. 13, The Women's Action Council in partnership with Center On Halsted presented "Harlem Renaissance"—a night of celebration, award-giving and socializing at ...


Gay News

Former Chicago Force star gets taste of NFL 2018-10-10 - Darcy Leslie spent eight years playing for the now-defunct Chicago Force, establishing herself as one of the best women to ever put on ...


Gay News

Alsop leading CSO in concerts Oct. 18-20 2018-10-10 - Marin Alsop—the openly lesbian music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor designate of the ORF ...


Gay News

Bishop Phyllis V. Pennese on leadership, 15-year anniversary 2018-10-10 - Bishop Phyllis V. Pennese, 61, recently celebrated her 15th anniversary as a minister at the church she founded in 2003, Pillar of Love ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.