Being a transgender person in India is not an easy life – transgenders are, even today, ridiculed and discriminated. But Gauri Sawant in Mumbai and Lachi in Pune have stood up to every challenge. They have not only fought for their own rights, but also for the rights of other transgenders – Lachi is an outreach worker with Samapathik Trust and Gauri has started her own CBO – Sakhi Char Chowgi – which provides healthcare and even self-employment opportunities for transgenders.
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.
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