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“I was born as the crown prince of Rajpipla. I had all the comforts you can think of, but it came at the cost of having no friends. So when I realised that I liked boys, I didn’t have anyone to share it with & thought it was a mental disorder or a ‘phase’. When my parents asked me to get married at 25, I did. But we got divorced soon–I felt guilty for ruining my ex wife’s life. So when I was asked to re-marry, I refused–I needed to understand myself first. At that time, I met Ashok Rao Kavi, a leading gay activist. He helped me accept my homosexuality & motivated me to start Lakshya, the first government funded organization in Gujarat to help the LGBTQ+ community. My parents were still unaware of my sexuality. The pressure of my double life led to a nervous breakdown & the truth came out. At first, they were in denial. My mom asked doctors to cure me with shock treatment & even spoke to gurus. When nothing worked, she threatened to isolate me from everyone & tried to get the government to stop funding my trust. I was frustrated, so when a journalist asked me to talk about my story, I readily said yes. Soon after, my parents disowned & disinherited me. The people of Rajpipla said I should be exiled & excommunicated–they even burnt my effigies. But I kept calm because I was fighting for a just cause. The tables turned when Oprah invited me to her show–I was the third Indian to be invited! After that I got invitations from leaders, globally. This made my parents reconsider their decision & I was finally accepted back. It’s been an uphill battle, but I had to do it–for me, and the millions like me. It inspired me to convert my 15 acre estate into a community center for the LGBTQ+ community & for anyone dealing with situations out of their control. Having gone through it all myself, I know that the biggest privilege isn’t a huge mansion–it’s being heard, being seen & being accepted for who you are...unconditionally.” –– HOB with Amazon Prime Video brings to you stories of those who are #LaakhonMeinEk. Those who are fierce & courageous; who have not only proved to be game changers in their own right, but also smashed stereotypes, one fearless act at a time.