In 2007, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla, India stepped out of the closet and into a firestorm of controversy when he announced to the world he is gay. His mother took out an ad in the newspaper disowning him and threatening anyone who referred to him as her son. His father was convinced he could be changed into a heterosexual.
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By coming out, Prince Manvendra even risked his freedom. At the time in India, being gay was legal, but homosexual acts were punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Today, Prince Manvendra works with the Lakshya Trust, an organization he started, to advocate for the rights of gay Indians and has worked to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in his country.