RFP-HST-TRANScend 2.0 -002


Request for Proposal for creation of Project Unheard Stories – TRANScend 2.0

Request for Proposal for creation of Project Unheard Stories – TRANScend 2.0
Project Owner
The Humsafar Trust – TRANScend 2.0 supported by HSBC



The Organization named “The Humsafar Trust”, is registered in the Public Trust’s Registry Office in the Department of Public Trusts, Mumbai under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 (Bombay Act No. 29 of 1950). The Humsafar Trust (HST) is a community-based organization (CBO) working on health and human rights of LGBTQ since 1994. The key focus of our work includes health and human rights, besides HIV prevention and mental health programs. We undertake advocacy activities focused on LGBTQ+ rights, including sensitization and awareness of employers, educational institutes, law enforcement agencies, and government bodies, staging and reading of LGBTQ+ themed plays, organizing activities, and mobilizing the community around LGBTQ+-focused events like Pride marches, International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and World AIDS Day. We build capacities of Community Based Organizations in 27 Indian states on HIV prevention, treatment, care & support, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights.

About TRANScend 2.0

TRANScend is an initiative by The Humsafar Trust which aims to enhance socio- economic inclusion of transgender persons in India. TRANScend, as an initiative, is committed to encouraging greater community ownership, facilitating partnerships between the community and various stakeholders like corporates, educational institutes, judiciary, bureaucrats and providing a platform for addressing the ever- evolving needs of the transgender community through ongoing research and intervention. This project focuses on enhancing economic resilience of transgender persons in India.

Unheard Stories is a project by TRANScend, an initiative of The Humsafar Trust (India’s oldest registered LGBTQ+ organisation. It is a collection of films depicting transgender lives in India. Need for this project emerged from sensitisation workshops conducted with employers and educational institutes for awareness on transgender issues. These workshops included transgender persons telling their own stories which made the concepts on sex, sexuality and gender ‘real’ for the audience. However, it also meant the speakers reliving the trauma of discrimination, harassment, violence and abuse faced by them, every time they narrated their stories. Hence, in the first phase six short films on lives of transgender men and women from Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai were made with an objective of portraying their lived realities in a dignified and compassionate manner. With support from TRANScend 2.0 we would like to make two short film as part of Unheard Stories.


THE HUMSAFAR TRUST invites responses (“Proposals”) to this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to conceptualize and develop two short films with the title Unheard Stories under TRANScend 2.0.

THE HUMSAFAR TRUST invites responses (“Proposals”) to this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to conceptualize and develop two short films with the title Unheard Stories under TRANScend 2.0.

The Unheard Stories will provide an opportunity to the trans persons to share their experiences in lights of rapidly changing socio and legal changes that are taking place in India and scope for further rights. The Unheard Stories will also showcase the journey of the community members who have benefited through the capacity building component. The film will highlight impact and success stories of the project beneficiaries.

Scope of Work

This consultancy entails the development of two (2) Unheard Stories showcasing the work of TRANScend 2.0 project supported by HSBC.

  1. Develop two (2) short Unheard Stories (maximum 6 minutes) showcasing the journey life journey of the trans persons. The short film will share a story of a community member sharing the journey the story as Unheard stories.
  2. The selected agency/consultant is expected to work within the timeframe and finalize the film by incorporating the suggested revisions and feedback from The Humsafar Trust.
  3. The agency/consultant will be responsible for developing a script and outline of the film with the input from The Humsafar Trust.
  4. The agency/consultant will be responsible for the implementation and produce/submit pieces of work on the agreed upon theme.
  5. The agency/consultant is expected to provide regular updates of the work done on the project.

Selection Criteria:

  • Preference will be given to who have experience on health, sexual orientation and gender identity, and human rights issues.
  • Working experience on LGBTQ+ will be an advantage.
  • Applicants have to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and present and permanent contact address.
  • Sound knowledge on LGBTQ+ and their challenges will be considered as an asset.


The consultant will receive a fixed amount of Rs. 150,000 (Rupees One Lakh Fifty Thousand Only) for each Unheard Stories, provided after the successful completion of selection process.

The above-mentioned amount will be paid in 3 instalments:

  1. 50% at first month of project.
  2. 50% upon successful completion of video.

At the completion of the project, the film will be disseminated by The Humsafar Trust on their social media handles.

Evaluation Of The Technical Proposal

  1. One-page value statement indicating the suitability to carry out the assignment. (20 points)
  2. A Financial budget break up. (10 points)
  3. Last 1-2 years and ongoing assignment/project details with results that are relevant/ semi relevant to the proposed assignment. (20 points)
  4. A detailed proposal as mentioned in the Scope of Work with a work plan. (30 points)
  5. Detailed CV/Profile of the consultant/individual along with References of clients with project concluded in similar capacity (20 points)

The proposal should be submitted over email as pdf document named “Technical Proposal”. Please mention in the subject line RFP-HST-TRANScend 2.0 -002


The application must be submitted along with all supportive documents on or before 17.02.2023 by 5:00 PM on procurement@humsafar.org