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MANVENDRA SINGH GOHIL

India’s first openly gay Prince on his turbulent coming out and the UK’s “huge responsibility” to help abolish anti-gay laws around the world.

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When Manvendra Singh Gohil came out to the world in 2006, he made history by becoming the first and only openly gay royal in India. While his journey since has seen him meet with world leaders, establish HIV prevention charity Lakshya Trust, and land appearances on The Oprah Show – not once, but three times – and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, things weren’t always rainbow-coloured for the Prince of Rajpipla.

For most queer people, puberty is a confusing time. Whether you’re becoming aware of your same-sex attraction, your body’s undergoing transformations that don’t align with your gender identity, or you just don’t fit in with the people around you, it’s a moment in life when education and positive role models are needed most. Complement that confusion with a complete lack of exposure to the outside world – as is the case for a member of a royal family – and the chances are you won’t even know how to describe the way you feel.

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