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UK’s LGBTI Poet Laureate visits India’s gay prince

UK’s LGBTI Poet Laureate visits India’s gay prince

Trudy Howson and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil (Photo: Twitter)

The UK’s LGBTI Poet Laureate Trudy Howson met India’s Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil at his home in Gujarat this week.

‘She is a gem of a person’ Prince Manvendra told Gay Star News. ‘A real human who believes deeply in moving human rights forward and being a human right defender’ he said.

Howson, meanwhile, said the prince was ‘doing Fabulous work for the LGBT+ Community in India’ in a Tweet.

‘Might our own royals take note?’ she also asked. The Prince agreed it would be a ‘real help’ to have the British Royal family as part of the LGBTQA movement.

‘Many people are suffering from old colonial laws’ he noted.

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Sharing some candid photos of herself and the Prince chatting, she said ‘All the best chats happen in Palace Bathrooms….just saying!’

Howson was on a trip to India to celebrate the country’s decriminalization of gay sex in September last year.

India’s Supreme Court ruled Section 377 of India’s penal code, which punished gay sex with up to ten years in prison, was unconstitutional.

Howson also traveled to discuss ‘ways our two LGBT+ communities can support and enrich each other’, she said on Facebook.

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Manvendra is the 39th direct descendant of the 650-year-old Gohil Dynasty Of Rajpipla in Gujarat State in western India. He is the most likely heir to Maharaja of Rajpipla.

The Crown Prince came out as gay in 2006 and was initially disowned by his family. He has since rose to be at the forefront of India’s push for LGBTI equality.

Last year, he launched an LGBTI course at a university. He is also opening an LGBTI center on his palace grounds later this year.

US chat show host Oprah Winfrey invited him on to her talk show twice. In 2017, he starred in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

His achievements have earned back the respect of his family. ‘No other Indian royalty has appeared on these shows’, he told Gay Star News last year.

Trudy Howson, meanwhile, was appointed the UK’s LGBT Poet Laureate in 2016. She hosts an LGBTI poetry event in London’s West End.

She has performed her poetry throughout Asia, including India, and been published in the Times, the Telegraph and on The BBC.

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