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Arti Patel

Editor, Lifestyle

Arti Patel is an editor at the Huffington Post Canada covering lifestyle and viral content. A 2011 Ryerson University journalism grad, she generally covers health, women's issues, food, relationships, trends and coverage around diversity. Follow her on Twitter @artipatel
Coming Out To My First-Generation

Coming Out To My First-Generation Parents

Coming out to your parents as LGBTQ is a deeply personal experience. And when you're the child of an immigrant, there can be layers of cultural complexity that families have to navigate. Some first-generation parents are accepting, while others don't understand and make it difficult for their queer children to just be themselves. As part of our Born And Raised series, these second-generation Canadians share what it was like for them to come out to their loved ones. Watch the video to learn about their experiences, and how it's changed their relationships with their families.
06/25/2017 08:30 EDT
South Asians Really Need To Stop Saying The

South Asians Really Need To Stop Saying The N-Word

As people of colour, we sometimes have this idea that not being white meant going through similar struggles and hardships. And although this doesn't mean hardships and racism doesn't exist for South Asians, it's not the same and never will be. The n-word is offensive, and always will be.
02/24/2017 04:56 EST
I Used To Think Being Canadian Meant Celebrating

I Used To Think Being Canadian Meant Celebrating Christmas

I can still remember my first real Christmas. I was in fourth grade and came home from school carrying a construction-paper garland that I made in class for my Christmas tree. There was just one problem, I didn't have a Christmas tree. My thought a tree was a waste of money, and besides, we were Hindus.
12/14/2016 04:28 EST
It's Time To Start Talking About Second-Generation

It's Time To Start Talking About Second-Generation Canadians

Introducing Born and Raised. A Huffington Post Canada series that will delve into culture and language, growing up in Canadian cities and the responsibility some of us feel when we think about our parents' future. The stories are told by our editors, writers and by Canadians from coast to coast. We explore the effect of parents who never told us they were proud of us, what it means to be mixed-race in blogs, features, and through video and Facebook Live segments with our editors. These are daily conversations second-generations have with each other, but this time, on a larger platform.
09/12/2016 11:17 EDT
Growing Up As A Brown Girl, I Was Used To Being Called

Growing Up As A Brown Girl, I Was Used To Being Called ‘Fat'

In seventh grade, I took a family trip to India and my weight was the hot topic. Family members I hadn't seen in years commented on how "fat" I had become; and when I walked into stores to buy sarees or lenghas, store owners told my mom it wouldn't look good on me or fit. It was blunt, but it was normal.
08/19/2016 03:04 EDT
Sorry 'Bachelorette Canada,' Diversity 'Exploded' A Long Time

Sorry 'Bachelorette Canada,' Diversity 'Exploded' A Long Time Ago

Canada got a taste of its first bachelorette on Thursday. And while I wasn't expecting an Asian, black or any other person of colour to represent this country as a bachelorette for the very first time (really hoping the contestants pull through, to be honest), it was a quote by the company that really just irked me.
06/10/2016 01:05 EDT