India’s First Openly Gay Prince is Opening an LGBT Center

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After coming out as gay in 2006, Indian Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil is venturing in another direction — opening a support center for LGBTQA people on the royal grounds of his country, India.

Amid the strong disapproval of his family, Manvendra is firm in his decision to put up the support center in the Indian state of Gujarat, as reported by DNA India. The prince made the announcement during the Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival.

According to Prince Manvendra, the center will provide economic and social empowerment to sexual minorities and offer skill-based training so they can earn a livelihood for their daily needs. The center will cater to the wide array of needs to the LGBTQA people, including psychological, spiritual, legal and health aspects.

“Gradually the gay community is trying not to succumb to the pressure to get married, but once people reveal their sexuality at home, their family members fail to understand and shun them. And since people in India are dependent on parents for financial and emotional needs until late youth, it leaves them with two options – either agree with the parents or be left without resources. I want the community to be independent.”

“It is important for the LGBT community to go to a place where they can experience the freedom to be who they are even if it’s for a moment. This center will give them the independence to do all those things which they are unable to do living a double life in the society.”

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