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India’s first openly gay prince says parents wanted him to undergo ‘brain surgery’ to change his sexuality

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In a recent interview with Sky News, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s first openly gay prince, shared his courageous journey and the challenges he faced. Speaking from Jaipur, India, Prince Gohil revealed that his parents resorted to drastic measures in their desperate attempt to change his sexual orientation.

A recent investigation by Sky News has shed light on a startling reality in India – doctors in the country continue to offer gay conversion therapy, despite it being deemed as “medical misconduct” by national regulators. In the wake of this revelation, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat, has taken a bold step by launching a legal battle at India’s Supreme Court, aiming to ban conversion therapy through legislation.

Prince’s Brave Revelation 

“It was an absolute case of discrimination and violation of human rights. Whether I’m a prince or not a prince, parents have no right to put their children through [this] kind of torture.”

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil revealed shocking details about his parents’ attempts to change his sexual orientation. He told the news channel that they even went as far as visiting doctors with the hope of “performing surgery on his brain” and subjecting him to “electro shock therapy”.

Prince Manvendra’s Triumph Over Conversion Therapy

Despite his parents’ intentions to send him abroad for conversion therapy in the US, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil managed to avoid being subjected to these discredited practices. The US, like many other countries, has recognized the harmful nature of conversion therapy and has taken steps to discredit and discourage its use.put their children through [this] kind of torture.”

“Fortunately for me and fortunately for them the American Psychiatric Association had said that homosexuality is not a mental disorder, so they were not successful,”

“It didn’t happen but imagine how much harassment one has to go through, how much humiliation one has to go through, just to endure this pain and suffering at the hands of parents – and this is happening to so many individuals in India,” he added.

From Controversy to Advocacy

In 2006, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil made international headlines when he publicly announced that he was gay, which led to protests and effigies of him being burnt in his home state by angry crowds. However, Prince Gohil has since reconciled with his parents and is now a leading activist for LGBTQ+ rights in India.

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