A Buddhist, Dalit, queer Indian raised in the UK, Reeta’s experience of walking an authentic and purpose-driven path has given birth to a voice that is transformational and inspires people of all backgrounds. They have spoken at TEDxLondon, The Oxford Union, Bloomsbury Festival and countless organisations including Meta, WPP, Virgin O2, Levi’s, Dr Martens and Burberry.
A writer and former Contributing Editor at GAY TIMES and former DIVA columnist, Reeta is known for mainstreaming narratives and histories that have been silenced and censored, with a lens on colonial anthropology. Reeta is currently writing their highly anticipated debut novel.
Reeta beautifully blends story, poetry, comedy and music to take multi-format storytelling to a new level, as can be seen in their 2022 TEDx London performance. They recently trained in ‘Storytelling’ at RADA and in 2023 completed a six-month tour, headlining at The Barbican. Their talent lies in vulnerability and humour to connect deeply with audiences. Their work explores themes of mental health, trauma, healing, disownment, connection, community, chosen family and joy.
Reeta has led the movement for South Asian LGBTQ+ representation for a decade and is the Forbes 100 Founder & CEO of Gaysians, the global movement and network of over 30 charities and community organisations which ran from 2017 to 2023.
Reeta’s VICE documentary has amassed over 2 million views and exposed and shut down an International gay marriage scam based in India. They can also be seen on Channel 4’s ‘Where have all the lesbians gone?’. Reeta is the face of campaigns for H&M (Global Pride Campaign shot by Rina Yang ’22), Body Shop Christmas Campaign ’21, Boots Beauty, Tangle Teezer and Schwarzkopf.
Reeta’s energy, creativity and vision bring together people, communities and organisations to create positive change in the world. In 2024 Reeta has launched a new strategic framework for personal, collective and organisational transformation called RAIN, rooted in the principles of Buddhism.
"Reeta Loi is a powerful voice for women, South Asians, LGBTQ+ people and just humans full stop! Their work is inspiring, healing and essential for our time.”
Bobby Friction - BBC
"When we invited Reeta to give a TEDxLondonWomen talk, we knew it was going to be magic - but we had no idea the energy and emotion that Reeta would bring. Their thoughtful, challenging and personal talk and performance resonated deeply with our audience."
“Reeta’s ability to open themselves up and invite you in, to emotionally connect heart to heart, is utterly absorbing. Through personal stories that extend out, grasping you undeniably, their performance elevates beyond the self, to say something fundamental about the human condition. Reeta makes clear the notion that in each of us, there is a lesson for all of us.”
Works of Intent
“The queer Indian artist crafting sounds to help you heal.”
“Reeta brought natural warmth, boundless energy and utter joy to deliver a keynote event like no other. Our South Asian Heritage Month event attracted a broad audience – from cynics to supporters and Reeta engaged them all with challenge, healing and humour. No mean feat! Audience feedback was phenomenal with attendees leaving inspired, empowered, reflective, motivated and, most importantly, determined to supercharge their identity into a superpower. Just wow! Working with Reeta was an utter joy. I’d do it again in a heartbeat and urge you to do the same.”
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