Royalty Celebrities in India

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil (born 23 September 1965)
Manvendra was born at Ajmer, 23 September 1965, as the son of Maharana Shri Raghubir Singhji Rajendrasinghji Sahib, who inherited the title of Maharana of Rajpipla in 1963. The princes were derecognized by the Republic of India in 1971. Therefore their residence Rajvant Palace has been converted into a resort (Several Royal Palaces have been converted into Resorts, Universities and Government buildings after the derecognition by the Republic of India). Manvendra had a traditional and conservative upbringing. He was educated at Bombay Scottish School and at Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics, Vile Parle, Bombay.

In January 1991, he got married because, he claims, "I thought after marriage I would be alright because I never knew and nobody told me that I was gay and this is normal. Homosexuality is not a disease. I tremendously regret for ruining her life. I feel guilty". The marriage ended in divorce when Manvendra revealed his homosexuality to his wife."It was a total disaster. A total failure. The marriage never got consummated. I realized I had done something very wrong".

Several years after his divorce in 1992, he became involved in a social network to help gays in Gujarat. "It was difficult to be gay in my family. The villagers worship us and we are role models for them. My family didn't allow us to mix with ordinary or low-caste people. Our exposure to the liberal world was minimal. Only when I was hospitalized after my nervous breakdown in 2002, my doctor informed my parents about my sexuality. However, it was when he talked publicly about is sexual orientation in 2006 that his family took action and accused him of bringing dishonour to the clan. The disowning, however, is likely to remain a symbolic act rather than legally enforceable disinheritance, given India's modern inheritance laws. He has been reunited with his father.

In June of 2009, invited by Douglas Drumond, President of Casarão Brasil, a GLS Association, Manvendra went to one of the world’s biggest parties: São Paulo gay pride parade. He was one of the main speakers along with ministers and other officials of various governments around the world. He used his presence at the largest gay pride parade to advocate safe sex and create awareness about HIV and AIDS. He was also interested in the programmes being implemented in Brazil to fight diseases like AIDS. He also participated in a group discussion on making homosexuality legal in India by studying the norms that helped in making homosexuality legal in Brazil.