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Prejudice against the LGBT community has always an issue and they have had to struggle for their rights even now when things seem to have changed for them. Be it a common man or the royal blood their struggle to be accepted by the society remains the same.


They continue to be treated as ‘abnormal’ and thus end up living alone with no friends and family support. Families try to treat it as a disease which can sooner or later be treated, making it so hard for them to accept that they are normal like everyone except the difference in sexuality.


Recently, the crown prince of Rajpipla shared his account of unjust treatment that he received from his family and society. When his family came to know that he was a guy he was asked to be cured by shock treatment by doctors and was even consulted to some guru. However quite naturally when nothing seemed to work he was warned about disowning from the family and in a matter of time he was disowned and disinherited. The people of Rajpipla even exiled him completely.


However, things did not turn obvious like any other normal situation. When people get shattered and lose the complete believe in themselves in such circumstances he fought against the odds. He kept himself going and established the first government-funded organization for the LGBT community named ‘Lakshya trust’.


It was a gay activist ‘Ashok Rao Kavi, who not only motivated to accept his homosexuality but to initiate an organization like this where the voices of people like him could be seen, heard and accepted by everyone.

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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.

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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.</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/officialhumansofbombay/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Humans of Bombay</a> (@officialhumansofbombay) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2019-05-07T05:35:29+00:00">May 6, 2019 at 10:35pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script>

Being fearless and game changers for their own life is definitely a very brave and courageous thing to do and there are very few people like him who dare to fight their own battle and when they dare to do what they do get accepted by people like he was accepted by his family and was brought back to his family.

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Author- Neha Wadhwa
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