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Prince Manvendra Singh

July 23, 2013 divider image


Prince Manvendra Kumar Singh Gohil… who belongs to the Royal family of the former princely state of Rajpipla in India, addressed weekly meeting on 18th July. This is one of those rare occasions when a member of the royal family addressed our club. He is the only known person of royal lineage in modern India to have publicly revealed his is “Gay”. He said there are lot of problems that arise from belonging to a royal family by way of protocol etc. He crossed the street on his own for the 1st time at the age of 16 & remembers how petrified he was.

He has been in the news since 2006. His effigies were burnt in his hometown of Rajpipla when he came out of his closet. He has no regrets about coming out of his closet on this subject. He has appeared as a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in 2007. He has been one of the three people featured in the show “GAY AROUND THE WORLD.” He is respected for his leadership in preventing & education on HIV/AIDS awareness. He inaugurated Euro Pride Gay Festival in STOCKHOLM in 2008. He has also been featured in BBC Television. The film documented his search for a British boyfriend in Brighton, United Kingdom. He is chairman of Lakshya Trust, a registered charitable trust that works in the area of prevention of HIV/AIDS among homosexual men. There are plans to turn his life story into a major motion picture.

Vinita Chaturvedi who is his Raakhi sister brought him to our club as a guest speaker. When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. Jehangir Doongaji as usual gave a lovely vote of thanks.

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