Fea­ture

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Go­hil’s palace grounds, which his great grand­fa­ther had es­tab­lished in 1920, the cen­tre re­sides 15km from Ra­jpi­pla on the banks of the Nar­mada River, a re­treat for for­eign dig­ni­taries who would come visit.

Go­hil re­gained ac­cess to his an­ces­tral prop­erty af­ter renowned lawyer and In­dian mem­ber of par­lia­ment Meenakshi Lekhi came on national tele­vi­sion to say that it’s il­le­gal to dis­own a right­ful heir due to his sex­ual pref­er­ence. Con­se­quently, Go­hil’s fa­ther Ma­ha­rana Shri Raghu­bir Singhji Ra­jen­dras­inghji Sahib gave an in­ter­view in the coun­try’s most widely cir­cu­lated news­pa­per, The Times of In­dia, ad­mit­ting that dis­own­ing Go­hil came from public co­er­cion and the ma­ha­rana of Ra­jpi­pla re­grets the de­ci­sion.“My fa­ther is sup­port­ive of what I do but it’s still very for­mal,” Go­hil says. “We don’t talk much with each other un­less it has to do with the busi­ness.”

As Sec­tion 377 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code that crim­i­nalises ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity sits with the Supreme Court for re­con­sid­er­a­tion this year af­ter an un­favourable ver­dict in 2013, Go­hil’s tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Act of Pri­vacy that was passed last year. Sim­ply stated: the govern­ment can’t pry into your life be­hind closed doors.

Hanu­man­tesh­war Amar 1927 is set to be­come a holis­tic hub for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. English and tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion will be a prime fo­cus. There’ll be a state-of-the-art med­i­cal cen­tre for sex­ual health com­ple­mented by spir­i­tual heal­ing in the form of mu­sic, med­i­ta­tion and yoga. It al­most sounds like an at­trac­tive hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. Go­hil stresses that the key de­mo­graphic are sex­ual mi­nori­ties from small-town In­dia. “I want to em­power them and give them a plat­form. To stand on their own feet and earn their own liv­ing.” But it’s not only lim­ited to the lo­cals; the cen­tre has al­ready hosted in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors in some of the planned 20 to 25 rooms

Go­hil (left) takes part in the pa­rade event of the LA Pride Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2016 in West Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

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