PROJECT BOLO, meaning ‘Project Speak Up’, offers role models by documenting Indian LGBT persons – their growing up, struggles, love, career, achievements and life.
Project Bolo’s objective is to record Indian LGBT history, as well as inspire and empower the LGBT community in India, by presenting video interviews of LGBT persons and role models, who ‘speak up’ about their life and work.
This interview features RUTH VANITA.
Never confused about her sexuality, Ruth only needed time to discover it. Experimenting with Marxism during her early college years and then being vocal in her writings about feminist ideologies, for Ruth, studying same-sex literature and theories was a natural next step. After few years of study abroad, returning to India and teaching literature, she became part of one of the earliest non-formal LGBT intellectual circles in Delhi. The excitement of the underground gay & lesbian movement during the 90s is still fresh in her mind and she feels that while the LGBT movement has made rapid strides in the last few years, there still needs to be a more positive legal and social framework for same-sex couples to have a lasting happy relationship in India. Her defining book 'Same-Sex Love in India' with Saleem Kidwai is one of her many literary outings that form the spine of contemporary Indian same-sex literature. She is happily married to her same-sex partner and has a son.
For more information and to read the transcript of the above interview please visit projectbolo.com/ruth.htm
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Project Bolo is produced by The Humsafar Trust in association with Solaris Pictures and supported by UNDP (India)