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Despite the initial outcry over his coming out, Prince Manvendra says he has no regrets and feels comfortable walking down the street at home. "I haven't done anything wrong. I mean, I feel this is very, very natural and normal so why should I worry about it?"

The prince says the people of his town still respect him. "Even before I declared myself, I had done a lot of work, social work, for the town of Rajpipla in the field of education, health, giving job opportunities, so I am actually respected because of that," he says. "And it didn't pose much of a problem to me except a few incidents which happened and now they're all fine with me."

Prince Manvendra says he isn't worried about whether he loses the crown. "I will not regret that because I am true to myself and I'm true to the community, the gay community for whom I am working, so I don't really mind," he says. "If I have to lose the crown, I'm not attached to the materialistic world as well, so I will continue to do my work, what I'm doing at the moment, so I have no regrets for that."

Above all, Prince Manvendra says he is happy with his new mission in life. "I'm working for the gay community in India, especially on HIV prevention amongst gay men. And if I could save even one life, I would be the happiest man today."
FROM: Gay Around the World
Published on January 01, 2006


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