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Oct 12, 2009 at 03:54pm IST

India's first old age home for gays in Guj

New Delhi: Taking a boost from the Delhi High Court's verdict on legitimising homosexuality, Gujarat has become the country's first state to have an old age home for gay men.

A home for the gay men has been started by Lakhsya, an NGO working on rights for the gay community in the city of Vadodara.

Sixty-year-old gay man, Somabhai lived through years of ridicule and ostracism from the conservative Gujarati society but now in his twilight years, he's has found friendship and “I feel very happy to be here, I like living here,” says Somabhai.

Now many like him can look forward to an old age shelter exclusively for homesexual men.

The brainchild of Manvendra Singh Gohil, popularly known as India's gay prince, the project will be ready to accommodate elderly homosexuals by the end of the year.

Manvendra Singh Gohil says, “We will offer food, drinks and medical facilities for the people staying here, it will be their home.”

The Rs 25-crore project will be home to 50 elderly gay men to start with. Requests for accommodation have already started trickling in.