Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil Brunch in Saugatuck


Oprah Winfrey’s favorite gay royal, India’s Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, will be traveling to Saugatuck, Michigan on Sunday, August 17th to discuss his new public awareness campaign: “Free Gay India” during a royal brunch and Q & A session.

The event, which takes place at The Kirby (294 W. Center Street in Douglas, MI), will be hosted by Chicago human rights attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, an accomplished author, playwright, screenwriter, and movie producer who wrote the GLAAD-nominated play “Haram Iran” – based on the true story of the hanging of two Iranian teenagers who were alleged to be gay.
“I have followed Prince Manvendra’s compelling story and the challenges he faced when he chose to come out about his sexual preferences in 2002,” says Deratany. “I’m honored to welcome him to The Kirby,” he adds. “I’m thrilled that he chose our community to discuss the important work he is doing with his Free Gay India campaign.”
The Hindu Prince is the 39th heir to a 650 year old Indian dynasty, and is the only openly gay prince in the world. In 2006, Manvendra received the UNAIDS Civil Society Award from the United Nations, and has appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share his story of struggle and how he ultimately found peace. After India recently re-criminalized homosexual acts, Prince Manvendra launched a global public awareness campaign (Free Gay India) to confront LGBT discrimination in his homeland and around the world.
The royal brunch is $30 per person and takes place on Sunday, August 17th from 11 am to 2 pm at The Kirby (294 W. Center Street in Douglas), a historic mansion that Deratany recently purchased and renovated to create a boutique hotel and wine bar.  Space for the brunch and presenation is limited and reservations are required by emailing Mindy Trafman, General Manager for The Kirby, at