While addressing teachers and students at Sardar Patel University’s School of Social Work yesterday, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s first openly gay royal, said that many of his country’s religious leaders had offered to have sex with him. The Indian gay prince made the comment while delivering a talk entitled “LGBTQA: Issues and Concerns,” addressing India’s recent decriminalization of homosexuality.
During one part of his talk Manvendra Singh Gohil said that in 2013 religious leaders from different faiths had come together to support Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the recently overruled law that criminalized sex between consenting same-sex adults.
“In 2013, all the religious leaders of India had come together against us,” the Indian gay prince said. “For the first time in the history of our country, religious leaders of all faiths — be it Hindus, Muslims or Christians or X, Y and Z — had come together and got united. Why? Because of the same hypocrisy against section 377.”
He added, “I am not ashamed in saying that many religious leaders have come to me for having gay sex.”
While Manvendra Singh Gohil didn’t explicitly name any of those religious leaders, he did point to their propositions as examples of blatant hypocrisy.
He later went on to say that police had long used Section 377 to harass him and other social workers trying to encourage sexual health in different communities. When government officials in the southern Indian state of Gujarat gave Manvendra Singh Gohil and members of his charity permission to publicly distribute condoms, local police arrested members of his staff, accusing them of spreading homo-giri (homosexuality).
Indian gay prince Manvendra Singh Gohil has led a remarkably progressive life
In 1991 Gohil married a woman, something he called “a total disaster.” He divorced her in 2002 and was outed (with his blessing) in 2006. His royal parents famously disowned him after he came out and soon after he established the Lakshya Trust, a LGBTQ charity that does HIV work and is raising funds to transform his palace into an LGBTQ center.