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Prince Manvendra says his relationship with his mother remains strained. He still lives in his family's palace, but in a section far from where his mother lives. "We still bump into each other," he says.
Prince Manvendra's father, however, is more supportive. He blames societal pressures for initially taking the stand of publicly disowning his son. Prince Manvendra says his father even attends Lakshya Trust functions.
India has changed as well. Homosexual acts are no longer illegal, and gay Indians have started asserting their rights. In 2007, a gay pride parade in India would have been unthinkable—now they are regular fixtures in the country. "Not only just Mumbai," Prince Manvendra says. "We have pride [parades] happening [at] other places in India as well: in Delhi, in Calcutta, in South India."
Prince Manvendra says being a guest on The Oprah Show has opened many opportunities for dialogue. "I'm noticing that we are now getting comfortable to the terms. The mainstreaming has started happening," he says. "A lot of guys are actually coming out to their parents, and a few of them have even come out to the society."