EXCERPTS FROM INTERVIEWS - About HIV/AIDS & Gay Rights in India

For the first time in India, 20 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) persons in four cities open up in a candid manner to offer an inside view into their lives, views and accomplishments in PROJECT BOLO, meaning 'Project Speak Up'. These in-depth video interviews walk us through their lives - their growing up years, sexual explorations, coming out to family/friends/media, their romances and relationships, their fearless career paths and their pioneering accomplishments.

This 12 min film Bolo - Sexuality and HIV/AIDS weaves together excerpts from these interviews about how HIV/AIDS has impacted the LGBT community, the stigma and discrimination faced by LGBT persons at hospitals / clinics, lack of awareness and information, the pioneering efforts of activists and CBOs (community based organizations), government's support and initiatives and the journey from a sense of total despair and hopelessness to a sense of inclusion and availability of care and support now.

Featured in this video are: Aditya Bandopadhyay, Ashok Row Kavi, Betu Singh, Bindumadhav Khire, Dalip Daswani, Gauri Sawant, Geeta Khumana, Giti Thadani, Hoshang Merchant, Jehangir Jani, Lachi, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Manvendra Singh Gohil, Nisha, Parmesh Shahani, R Raj Rao, Ruth Vanita, Saleem Kidwai, Shivananda Khan, Sunil Gupta.

For more information please visit projectbolo.com

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