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Welcome to Project Bolo group - an Indian LGBT platform where you will find videos to watch, people to interact & discuss LGBT issues with, contribute with information you may have to build and strengthen Indian LGBT history and movement.

What can I do at Project Bolo group?

You can
- watch videos about Indian LGBT persons
- like and favourite the videos
- comment on the videos
- send feedback
- invite friends
- make it a vibrant community

What is Project Bolo ?

For the first time in India, 20 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)


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What is the Project Bolo group about?

Welcome to Project Bolo group - an Indian LGBT platform where you will find videos to watch, people to interact & discuss LGBT issues with, contribute with information you may have to build and strengthen Indian LGBT history and movement.

What can I do at Project Bolo group?

You can
- watch videos about Indian LGBT persons
- like and favourite the videos
- comment on the videos
- send feedback
- invite friends
- make it a vibrant community

What is 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 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. A book containing the interviews will be published soon.

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