Project Bolo

PROJECT BOLO, meaning ‘Project Speak Up’, offers role models by documenting Indian LGBT persons – their growing up, struggles, love, career, achievements and life.

The main objective of Project Bolo is ‘empowerment of LGBT community in India, by presenting video interviews of LGBT persons and role models, who ‘speak up’ about their life and work’.

Individual interviews of 20 Indian LGBT persons can be watched at projectbolo.com. Transcripts of each interviews is also available on the website.

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Project Bolo

Project Bolo

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…


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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 multi-generational, pathbreaking Indian LGBT Oral History Project also flagposts important milestones of the Indian LGBT movement from the early 60s to today - where did people meet, cruising places, the early efforts at forming groups in Mumbai and New Delhi, the first gay newsletter, the first lesbian book, uncovering historical evidence of same-sex literature and iconography, the formation of LGBT organizations and various advocacy efforts leading to the historic Delhi High Court verdict on July 2nd 2009 decriminalizing homosexuality.

Project Bolo Vol1 contains interviews with 20 LGBT persons from Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Lucknow & Hyderabad:

Aditya Bandopadhyay
Ashok Row Kavi
Betu Singh
Bindumadhav Khire
Dalip Daswani
Gauri Sawant
Geeta Kumana
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

Each of them bring a different slice of life experience, a different piece of history, a different tile of India… to form a rich mosaic, a rich tapestry of Indian LGBT life, history and movement that is 'Project Bolo'.

Project Bolo is produced by The Humsafar Trust in association with Solaris Pictures and supported by UNDP (India). Producer for The Humsafar Trust is Vivek Anand and Concept, Interviews and Direction is by Sridhar Rangayan.

The Project Bolo video-interviews and films can be seen online at projectbolo.com, alongwith profiles of the all the 20 interviewees. They will be also available on DVD for libraries and archives.

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You are free to embed this video, but we request you to credit "Courtesy : Project Bolo - Indian LGBT Oral History Project" and provide a link to projectbolo.com

If you have any questions, please write to projectbolo.vol1@gmail.com

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