The heir to a wealthy royal family in India, Prince Manvendrasinh Gohil has been disowned by his family for telling them he's gay. He told his parents in 2002 after suffering from a nervous breakdown, and his decision to go public was the last straw.
Suspecting he was different as a teen, he didn't tell anyone until he told his prearranged wife of one year. He said, "I knew that they would never accept me for who I truly am. But I also knew that I could no longer live a lie."
Old British laws prohibiting homosexual relations in India are still valid there, with an unsuccessful attempt last year at changing them. Critics say police abuse the laws by blackmailing gays, and that they hamper efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.