The Supreme court decriminalised the 150 year old British law of section 377 which made Gay Marriages and sex illegal and a punishable offence on September the 6th of 2018. Just few days before this, India’s first Gay Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil kicked off a course on LGBTQ in Karnavati University, Ahmedabad.
The course is titled – Proclivity of Gender: Socio-Legal Approach to LGBTQ Community. It is a mandatory course that is to be taught at the Karnavati University in Ahmedabad. The course is open to all the students who have undertaken Law and Liberal Studies at the university.
The course will cover many aspects of the problems and stigma faced by gay people in and around the world. The mental stigma, physical health and all the age and gender related problems.
The main aim behind the introduction of this course is to educate population of our country about main issues faced by LGBTQ community of our country. This would lead to sensitization of people towards the community. A huge step was taken by the government, but now comes our turn, the small steps taken by activists and people alike. Decriminalising a section is a great move, but it’s not enough. The whole country must learn to accept the LGBTQ community as are own.
Manvendra Singh Gohil is the probable heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla, a small town in Gujarat. He is the first openly gay prince of world and runs a trust called “The lakshya trust” which works with the LGBTQ community.
He is an active member of Interim Governing Board of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health since 2007. He is also the first known case of a single gay man adopting a child in India, to carry on the lineage. Needless to say, Manvendra has done a lot for the LGBTQ community over the years.
Introduction of the course in the university was one of the few things he did. The course was launched on September 3 and has already seen 60 applications from students and Ph.D scholars from across the country.
Professor Brahmbhatt said that the discrimination faced by LGBTQ community is immense and a major sensitization is required. Since it can’t happen overnight, we must take little baby steps to achieve this.
Manvendra is optimistic about the future of community, saying India is definitely making progress but we still have long way to go. We must not discriminate people based on who they love.
Peace out, Pride on!