It’s never an easy decision to come out. The decision must be made even harder if you’re the first Indian royal who has ever come out as gay. It took Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil 30 years of wrestling with his heritage and responsibilities before he decided his life would be better served if he embraced gay rights activism. Since that point, he has created the Lakshya Trust, an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) working on various issues addressing and advocating the social, economic, legal, psychological, spiritual and health aspects of sexual minorities in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
Having appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show, being a Grand Marshal for pride parades in Stockholm and Sao Paolo, the Prince is the most visible LGBT figure to one-sixth of the world. He also recently expanded his work into a platform for global gay advocacy through the U.S. 501c3, Ekta Transglobal Foundation.