Young, Royal & Gay: the Life of an Indian Prince

Pandya attributed most of the problems to lack of education about homosexuality and a national obsession with marriage.

"They have constant marriage pressures if the guy is of the age 22 or 24," she said. "They do not have a very strong reason to say why they don't want to get married. They stay in constant anxiety, depression."

Much of Pandya's work is to offer support and guidance through their often tempestuous relationships with other men. On occasion, she has the opportunity to educate families of the gay men who come to the center. Slowly, she is making a change.

One 20-something man in her office said he had pressure on him because he is the only man in the family. But with Pandya's support, he was able to speak with his family who, it turns out, knew he was gay all along.

"Earlier I was much more depressed," he said. But now, he's like the prince. "I'm proud of myself."

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