News Brief: India’s First Gay Prince Set to Open an LGBT Center on Palace Grounds

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News Brief India’s First Gay Prince Set to Open an LGBT Center on Palace Grounds

News Brief India’s First Gay Prince Set to Open an LGBT Center on Palace Grounds

News Brief: India’s First Gay Prince Set to Open an LGBT Center on Palace Grounds

A gay Indian prince is set to open an LGBT center on the grounds of his family palace, despite their disapproval.  The center, which will be named Hanumanteshwar 1927, will be based on the grounds of Prince Manvendra’s palace in the Indian state of Gujarat. 

“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,” Prince Manvendra told Gay Star News when interviewed about the center.

The center will be run in conjunction with his charity, The Lakshya Trust, which was founded by the Prince prior to his coming out in 2006.  The charity works with gay, bisexual, and transgender people on a wide range of issues, including social acceptance and health.

When asked about the need for the center, Prince Manvendra said: “Most [gay, bisexual and trans people] in India are forced to be in the closet due to stigma and discrimination faced by them on coming out.  That’s why it’s important for them to be in a place where they feel safe, secure and accepted.”  He added, “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.”

Prince Manvendra also spoke about how coming out has changed his life, despite the backlash from his family.  The Prince said, ”Before coming out, I was living a double life and a life of lie and falsehood, which threatened my mental health condition to succumb to a nervous breakdown.  After coming out my life has become transparent, honest and with a sense of relief and with the freedom to do what I am without fear.”  He continued by saying, “My mental health condition has also improved since I always wanted to live a truthful life.”

The Lakshya Trust is fundraising for the center, which he hopes to open next year.