Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil from India is visiting Moriska Paviljongen on the 20th of April at 17:00 (5 pm). Together with Petter Forkstam, Natascia Bernardi, and the moderator of the evening, Maria Tonini, he will be part in a seminar about gay-activism.
The theme of the evening is LGBT-activism in countries where homosexuality is illegal or socially unaccepted. With a perspective from India, Uganda, Italy and Sweden, the seminar will focus on the difficulties and opportunities met by activists in the four countries.
Join the seminar to share experiences, ideas and to find inspiration and motivation. The seminar will be open for questions and thoughts from the audience. Entrance free.
The prince is the only well-known homosexual royalty in the world. In 2007, Prince Manvendra participated in “The Oprah Winfrey Show", where he revealed his homosexuality. After that, he got famous all around the world. Until 2009, it was illegal to be homosexual in India, and Prince Manvendra faced fierce criticism from the local people in his province. Pictures of him were burned, people were demonstrating against him, and his family rejected him. Although the revealing of his homosexuality encountered strong criticism, he continued to fight for the rights of homosexuals, dedicating his life in order to increase and modernize the
tolerance for diversity in India, and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Petter Forkstam is the vice president of RFSU and works with LGBT-rights in Sweden. He recently came back from a trip to Uganda, where he met LGBT-activists and organizations working with sexual- and reproductive rights.
Maria Tonini is writing her phD at the center for gender studies at Lunds University. Her study is about modern India, and she focus on questions regarding sex, sexuality, modernity and secularity. Furthermore, she has been doing field studies in Delhi trough a Sida/SAREC financed project.
Natascia Bernardi is an active member of the student organization Project 6 and has been an LGBT-activist in Italy and Sweden.
// RFSU Lund in corporation with Studentafton, Project 6, Akademiska föreningen Lund and Moriska Paviljongen
Malmö, Norra Parkgatan 17
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