Manvendra Singh Gohil is famously the first openly gay Prince of India, hailing from Rajpipla, Gujarat. He is one of India’s foremost LGBTQ activists and has traveled the world, speaking on many global platforms. He’s been on the Oprah Winfrey Show 3 times, among others.

Manvendra Singh Gohil founded a charity, Lakshya Trust, which actively works with the LGBT community. Through this, he has met and counselled many people who have come to him.
In this talk, Prince Manvendra addresses the little thought about effects on the wives of gay men in India, both physical and emotional. He narrates his life experiences and the stories of men and women he met, which all led to the first of it’s kind study in India on the wives of gay men. When Manvendra Singh Gohil, the first openly gay prince of India, came out to his family more than a decade ago, it resulted in his mother taking out a newspaper advertisement disowning him.Gohil set up the Lakshya Trust, a charity for LGBT people in his conservative home state, made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been using his high status to help the LGBT community. He has now thrown open his palace doors to vulnerable Indians who’ve been shunned by their families for their sexuality, and is providing them support, training to find jobs, and a home to call their own. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at