Old age home for gays comes up in Gujarat village

An old age home for gay men, perhaps the first such centre in Asia, has come up in neighbouring Narmada district of Gujarat.

Updated: Sep 24, 2011, 19:10 PM IST

Vadodara: An old age home for gay men,
perhaps the first such centre in Asia, has come up in
neighbouring Narmada district of Gujarat.
The old age home at Hanmenteshwar village, located on
the banks of Narmada river, was inaugurated yesterday and
named after late American writer Janet, who generously donated
funds for the project.

Talking to agency today, the main architect behind the
project, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil said, "I decided to name
it after Janet as she had contributed a lot in its set up. She
was like any other ordinary person...and that added more
beauty to the project, which was initiated in 2009."

The centre was inaugurated by Janet`s sister
Carlafine, who accompanied by her husband, flew down from US
for this purpose.

Gohil belongs to the royal family of former princely
state of Rajpipla. He is the only known person of royal
lineage in modern India to have publicly revealed he is gay.

"The home can accommodate 50 elderly homosexuals,"
said Gohil, scion of the 650-year-old Rajpipla dynasty.

The project has been developed under the auspices of
Lakshya Trust, a community-based organisation founded by
Gohil, known as India`s gay prince, to provide support and
promote HIV/AIDS prevention among gay men.
Gohil hoped his project would remove misgivings about
homosexuals and help in promoting a society where people from
different sexual orientation can co-exist peacefully.

He said he was happy that a priest of a temple located
near the home attended the inauguration ceremony along with
his family which is a "good sign" and indicated towards
changing mindsets.

PTI