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India’s First Openly Gay Prince

Indian prince Manvendra Singh Gohil.Indian prince Manvendra Singh Gohil (second from left) is going public with his sexuality.India’s first gay prince, Manvendra Gohil, is India’s most prominent LGBTQ+ activist.Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil has gained worldwide fame as India’s first openly gay member of the royal family.Prince Manvendra has focused a spotlight on India’s treatment of its LGBTQ+ citizens and its laws that criminalize same-sex activity.Prince Manvendra’s appearance on Oprah in 2007 was a turning point, bringing worldwide attention to his cause.In 2008, Prince Gohil participated in Adam Bouska’s NOH8 worldwide protest against California’s Proposition 8.Prince Gohil recently opened he grounds of his ancestral home, known as the “Pink Palace,” to house homeless LGBTQ+ youth.