Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s first openly gay prince, made a video with Come Out Loud, an organization that strives to unite the LGBT community. Gohil first spoke about his sexuality on Oprah in 2007, and now further elaborates on his coming out journey.
“When I was around 12 or 13, I realized I wasn’t attracted towards the opposite sex, I was attracted to the same sex. Why is this attraction happening? I wasn’t clear about it because I did not have communication with anyone.”
Royalty also put pressure on Gohil.
“Being brought up with servants and not many friends…no internet…it was a very confusing state.”
When Gohil eventually began to explore his sexuality, he was disowned and disinherited by his family. Gohil then began traveling the world to share his story. After some time passed, his parents welcomed him home again.
Gohil ends his video with this strikingly powerful notion:
"We're all human beings. We should be treated equally and be given the rights which we have been denied. All we expect from the society is love. Gay rights cannot just be won in the courtroom, but also in the hearts and minds of the people we live with."
Watch the full video here: