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These three short films that contain excerpts from the various interviews of Project Bolo, offer a concise view :

– About Indian LGBT Movement : what are the flagposts of the movement from the 70s till date and how each one of the Bolo interviewees have contributed to it.

– About HIV/AIDS & LGBT Rights : what are the ground realities about HIV/AIDS and rights work being done in India

– About Coming Out : about what it means to different people coming out to family, friends, colleagues and media.

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BOLO, meaning ‘Speak Up’ in Hindi, is a collection of oral histories of Indian LGBT persons. It is available as DVDs, online streaming video and a book.

‘Project Bolo’ records and documents individual profiles of LGBT persons who have, in their own way, stood up for what they believed in and challenged norms and stereotypes loaded on them by the society. They are also persons who have made a significant mark in their own professional areas of work, be it literature, filmmaking, law, activism, healthcare, journalism, IT, media, etc.

In Vol1, the 20 interviewees are 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

Through these recorded interviews, ‘Project Bolo’ hopes to serve as an inspiration to the LGBT community and offer role models. Through this multi-generational oral history project, ‘Project Bolo’ also reconstructs the unique history and progress of the Indian LGBT movement from the early 70s to the present day.

It is hoped that Project Bolo, in the future, will turn into a movement to empower LGBT persons across India.

Website: www.projectbolo.com Email: projectbolo.vol1@gmail.com

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