India’s only openly gay prince, Manvendra Singh Gohil, has launched two magazines targeting the gay community. Fantasy, an “Indian version of Debonair” was re-launched at the hands of Celina Jaitly in Goa in July, for all those who love women. But Gohil’s pet project is Fun, his editorial effort to target straight women and gay men.
“The magazine also appeals to straight women, basically anybody who loves men,” explains Gohil. “The other gay magazine, Bombay Dost, talks about gay empowerment and HIV-related issues. Butthis is a magazine which speaks of the lifestyle of gay men. We’re focusing on fashion, fitness, gizmos and relationships.”
The magazine will have a fashion advice column, apart from an agony aunt column, dealing with men in relationships. “There will also be a column giving sex tips, which will help both gay men and straight women.” explains Gohil.
The magazine articles are contributed from within the gay community and sympathisers. Gohil’s charity organisation, Laskhya Trust, will also lend support by providing articles from its in-house doctor and counselor. The magazine will also feature male models on the cover, along with an interview.
When asked whether they’ve faced any problems asking models to pose for their magazine, Gohil responded, “Actually, we have a waiting list of models who want to pose for us. We aren’t restricting ourselves to gays, we are looking for people who understand our cause.”
The magazine already has 75,000 copies printed and will be available through subscription and at leading book stores and railway stations.