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Oprah plans to chat with gay prince

Chrys Hudson | October 12, 2007

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Oprah Winfrey will give American audiences a glimpse of what it�s like to be gay in India later this month when she welcomes Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil as a guest on her talk show.

According to a recent Reuters report, the 42-year-old will discuss what it's like to be a gay rights activist in a country where homosexuality is a crime, punishable by up to 10 years in jail under a law that bans sex "against the order of nature.�

Although the law rarely is enforced, activists say police often use it to harass gays for bribes. Those that don't pay have been detained, brutally beaten and humiliated.

Gohil, who descends from royal rulers based in the western part of the country, was publicly disowned by his family after talking about his sexuality with the media.

"I had to deal with opposition from my family and locals of Rajpipla (where he grew up) who felt I was involved in activities that are unsuitable in society," he told Reuters.

Today, Gohil spends part of his time on an annual festival that promotes gay and bisexual artists and raises awareness about HIV and AIDS.

"Gays are talented, creative,� he told Reuters. �Imagine a world without us.� – Gay Link Content

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