Writer, Performer & Consultant
Whether ALOK is selling out an international performance tour, publishing essays and books advocating for LGBTQ equality, designing a new fashion collection, or speaking at some of the most prestigious universities outlining a 21st century approach to gender rights – their distinctive mix of charisma, poetry, and intellect has made them one of the most dynamic artists of our times. ALOK’s commitment to creative expression, vulnerability, and gender justice has brought them to present at more than 500 gatherings in over 40 countries in the last decade. Read More >
The Complicated Reality of Being Trans and Indian-American | Perspectives
All the Bright Places: A Conversation About Mental Health | Netflix
Fashion’s Genderless Future | BOFVoices 2019
The Pain & Empowerment of Choosing Your Own Gender | StyleLikeU
On Creating Safe Spaces for Trans & Non-Conforming People | NBC News
Learning to Love Who They Are | NowThis
What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? ALOK is trying to figure it out. Join for an evening of poetry, stand-up comedy, drag, and more as they take their audience on an emotional roller coaster all the way from the personal to the political.
In this talk ALOK presents a 21st century approach to gender rights. The gender binary – the idea that there are only two, opposite genders – is a system of power that exists to create conflict and division, not foster creativity and diversity. This false choice of boy or girl, man or woman, male or female is not natural, it is cultural. We deserve more options. Gender diversity is an integral part of our existence. It always has been, and it always will be.
How many of us have used theory to make our feelings more legitimate? How many big words have we developed to keep us from saying "I'm scared?" What happens when we recognize that feelings are already valid unto themselves? In this creative arts workshop we work through jealousy, loneliness, hurt, love, longing, and all the parts of ourselves that are often dismissed and devalued. Together we develop strategies for emotional justice.
In this guided creative workshop participants will go from the page to the stage and back again. ALOK will share best tips and strategies for both amateur and advanced performers to maximize their performance potential. This workshop can be tailored for specific-interest or identity groups: LGBTQ people, LGBTQ people of color, etc.
How can students be in solidarity with social movements happening off campus? How can students more strategically apply political pressure on campus? How can students doing anti-oppression work ensure sustainability and avoid burnout? Integrating both theory and practice this is a tactical workshop for student organizers.
As a trained academic ALOK regularly facilitates undergraduate and graduate seminars and lectures in Women's and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Fashion Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Political Science, and more. Recent courses they have guest-lectured in include: "Gender and Labor in Contemporary Visual Culture," "Community-based Approaches to Performance," "Queer Fashion," and "Gender and Social Media Curation."
"Required viewing for the world, Important, powerful…and just funny as hell."
"Phenomenal. A huge hit!"
"Inspiring. One of the best speakers that we have had with authenticity that connected with all of us."
"ALOK’s presence at Lavender Graduation was significant in so many ways. Their performance reminded me how the arts remain a serious and effective catalyst for social change. ALOK’s stories revealed vulnerability, bravery, and ultimately a questioning of the status quo and a look to us as audience members to change the broken systems to which we contribute. Their performance left us both with hope and with a determination to continue to work for inclusion and social justice in the realms where we live and work."
"Alok’s voice is one of a kind and resonates deep in the bones of a person. They speak directly to the life that we want to have and the voices we need to uplift."
“Truly lifesaving work that validates the experiences not only of queer and trans students of color, but of everyone. ALOK is one of the most important artists of our time."
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