Manvendra Singh Gohil born 23 September is an Indian prince who is the son and probable heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat. He is the first openly gay prince in the world. He has one sister, Minaxi Kumari, who is married into the princely family of Chenani in Jammu and Kashmir. In , the government of India "de-recognized" the Indian princes, and Manvendra's father consequently lost the official title of Maharaja and the privy purse an annual pension that came with it.
India's Only Gay Prince Is Opening His Palace Up as an LGBT Sanctuary
Prince Manvendra, The World's First Openly Gay Prince, Fights For LGBT Rights In India | HuffPost
Richard Ammon. No question that rank carries privilege and privilege carries fame. This time it belongs to an Indian prince who came out as gay in and shocked his family and fascinated the Indian public. Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of the Rajpipla region in the state of Gujarat, the westernmost state in India Mahatma Gandhi was also born in Gujarat decided he could no longer live the heterosexual life his family expected. After a marriage debacle Gohil announced his homosexuality and was immediately disowned by his royal family. Since then he has traveled the world speaking out against discrimination.
A Princely Gay Man - Manvendra Singh Gohil of India Comes Out
In , the Crown Prince of one of India's oldest royal families made a public announcement that made headlines around the world: the year-old formerly married Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil was actually gay. This announcement made Prince Manvendra the world's only openly gay prince -- and it also outraged his community and ripped his family apart. His father refused to accept the Prince's homosexuality, and his mother, the Queen, took out an ad in the newspaper to publicly disown her only son. What's more, Prince Manvendra was also risking his own freedom, as homosexual acts in his country were punishable by 10 years to life in prison. Still, Prince Manvendra remained determined to live in his truth.
When he came out in , it caused headlines. When he talked about his life as a gay man, it sparked national debate. His family disowned him. In the streets of India, he was burned in effigy. In America, Oprah Winfrey invited him to talk to the world about his experiences as a royal prince of the ancient state of Rajpipla and coming out in a modern India.