Twenty individuals from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community would share candid stories about growing up in ‘orthodox’ India, their love life and careers as part of Project Bolo, a rare documentary to be screened at the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) on Sunday as part of the ongoing Queer Pride Week.
The speakers in the documentary are from metros as well as smaller cities such as Lucknow and Pune. “The videos capture how these people dealt with years of guilt, shame and trauma,” said Sridhar Rangayan, who conceived and directed the project.
The documentary will also be screened at the Humsafar Trust office on January 23 followed by a discussion with the interviewees. DVDs of the 20 videos will also be available at the venue.
“We need these voices to ring loud and clear across every platform to say LGBT people exist and can lead productive lives. People cannot imagine LGBT people can also be successful doctors, lawyers, writers, filmmakers, historians, professors, businesswomen and corporate executives,” said Rangayan.