Queerty is better as a member

Log in | Register

Indian Prince’s B-Day Puts Gays In Spotlight

princemgohil.jpg
While some people would ensure their birthday party revolves around their existence, Indian Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil used his 42nd to celebrate India’s often over-looked gay communities:

A leading figure in India’s small LGBT civil rights movement and a vocal supporter of people living with HIV, Prince Manvendra invited gays and PWAs from all over India to celebrate his birthday at a party that featured gay musicians and artists.

It is the 10th birthday that the prince has celebrated this way, brightening the faces of hundreds of people who regularly suffer from discrimination.

Homosexuality is illegal in India, punishable by imprisonment and people living with HIV/AIDS are frequently shunned by their families.

For the prince the occasion allows people to interact and be visible. The two day party was extensively covered by the Indian media which usually treats gays with derision.

Manvendra’s family originally scorned him for coming out, but tensions have been eased in recent years. Despite their acceptance, the Indian government upholds – but rarely enforces – the colonial era Section 377.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Oct 8, 2007
Tagged: , , , , ,
  • 11 Comments
    • afrolito
      afrolito

      He’s cute, but needs to lose the vest ASAP.

      Oct 8, 2007 at 2:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SeaFlood
      SeaFlood

      He’s my favorite prince…

      Oct 8, 2007 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • faghag
      faghag

      Setting a good example, well done him.

      Oct 8, 2007 at 3:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mrs Patrick Campbell
      Mrs Patrick Campbell

      We would do the prince in a heartbeat! We sampled Indian sizemeat last in 1997 when a 19 year old student from India, studying in Santa Monica used to visit us for the superior ‘oral relief’ that only we could provide. He also fucked fish, which made it even hotter knowing that we were having a real man. To make a long story short: It was the size of our arm and very faintly ripe with cheese but we worked until we had our ‘reward’ – and you can be sure that not a drop was wasted!

      Oct 8, 2007 at 4:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hisurfer
      hisurfer

      I remember the articles about him being stripped of his titles when he came out – it’s nice to know that he’s been reinstated.

      Oct 8, 2007 at 4:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul Raposo
      Paul Raposo

      He is indeed a Prince among men. (Yeah, I know, but someone had to go there.)

      Oct 8, 2007 at 5:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ABC
      ABC

      Fuck the Government of India. Either it is blind to see the gay pride marches, gay rights activists, openly gay couples, law commission of india, planning commission of india, national aids control organization, former attorney general, gay open media, etc or it is deliberately trying to woo conservative votes.

      Oct 8, 2007 at 10:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reginald
      reginald

      Bonjour,

      Je regarde actuellement un reportage sur lui sur NRJ12, je trouve son histoire touchante, il semble si attachant. Je lui souhaite de trouver l’amour, le vrai, celui que l’on recherche tous. J’aimerai trouver quelqu’un qui a des valeurs sentimentales comme lui. Je comprend aussi qu’il ait peur qu’on l’aime pour son titre. Je comprend ses craintes, je lui dis, cherches, tu trouveras surement l’amour. Je le cherche toujours aussi… Tu es un gay qui assumes et j’aime ca.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevin (not that one)
      kevin (not that one)

      Why am I not surprised that in a country where brides are burned alive for their dowry or married off to a 50 year old man at the age of 11 that gay people would be treated like shit.

      Is there a correlation between the rate that heterosexual customs sink into depravity with the rate of homophobia?

      Apr 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock
      strumpetwindsock

      @kevin (not that one):
      Can we cut the nationalist bullshit?

      Suttee has been illegal for almost 200 years, and the age of consent there is 16, except for one state (and do you thing there is no underage sex here?).

      Before you go calling India barbaric, look at how often they apply the death penalty as compared to the U.S.

      I don’t think the point of this post was so we could brag about how much better we are than others, because it ain’t true… it’s just ignorant.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock
      strumpetwindsock

      Actually there’s a more recent update on this fellow:
      http://www.queerty.com/just-like-coming-to-america-but-gay-20081224/

      Apr 8, 2009 at 8:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

    Add your Comment

    Please log in to add your comment

    Need an account? Register It's free and easy.



  • QUEERTY DAILY

     


    POPULAR ON QUEERTY


    FROM AROUND THE WEB

    Copyright 2014 Queerty, Inc.
    Follow Queerty at Queerty.com, twitter.com/queerty and facebook.com/queerty.