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.

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 SHIVANANDA KHAN.



Shiv belongs nowhere and yet, everywhere. Born in a remote North Eastern state of India, then migrating to UK, fighting racism and setting up a support group of South Asian LGBT persons in London, followed by health support groups for MSM across India, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries - these are progressions on a pathbreaking journey that takes Shiv to being honoured by the Queen herself with an OBE. Shiv is now Sir Shivananda Khan. But he wears these honours lightly and continues to tirelessly work for the causes he believes in - from some of the remotest corners of the world to the highest corridors of power - Shivananda Khan straddles several worlds and personalities with élan and conviction.


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Project Bolo is produced by The Humsafar Trust in association with Solaris Pictures and supported by UNDP (India)


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