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Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s first openly gay royal, called for his country to decriminalize homosexuality.
Times of India reports that in a recent interview with Oprah at a Pride march in Nagpur, he said:
If India wants to be respected across the world, it can’t ignore the basic rights of the LGBT people. As the largest democracy, it is high time that India scrap the outdated laws imposed by the colonial government and give equal rights to the LGBT people.
Homosexuality was criminalized by the British Raj in the 1860s.
Nagpur came out of the closet back in 2006. Since then, he has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights in India.