Mr. Gay World!!!

Article here.

It’s not a beauty pageant. The gay community is looking for a representative… and they found one after hosting the first Mr. Gay World (like Miss Universe, speaking of which I hope Miss transgender Canada wins)!

“This is not a beauty pageant,” he says. “It is a search for an LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex] representative and an ambassador. There’s no age limit; they have to do written tests and have knowledge — even in part of the sports challenge today, the clues were questions about LGBTI history and LGBTI rights.”

The competition was held in Africa this year, a continent in which 37 of 52 countries have laws against being homosexual. Only two black Africans competed (one of whom is pictured here):


Africa wasn’t the only region that had thin representation. Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe had a noticeable lack of competitors, all of them regions where gays are still stigmatized.

Still, there is hope for the LGBTI community in such intolerant areas of the world, as there is some legislative representation in certain countries. Plus, the United Nations supports the movement’s hope for equality. South Africa is pushing a resolution requiring all countries to provide people with equal rights regardless of gender or sexual orientation—this is great not only for gays but also for women, who lack equality in so many places (as we’ve studied in this class). 

For the time being, we wish congratulations to Mr. Gay World from New Zealand. Hopefully he’ll be a great ambassador for the LGBTI community and a force for good. I think that this pageant/competition is a great first step towards worldwide equality of genders and sexualities!

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6 Responses to Mr. Gay World!!!

  1. casom001 says:

    Growing up in an African country, homosexuality was an issue that was frowned upon. If a guy was discovered as being gay, the community will usually strip him naked just to tease him or sometimes beat him to death. These acts were very demeaning and I believe they’re the main reason why Africa and similar continents have thin representation in these events.

  2. callyia says:

    While it’s still very heartbreaking the way that many counties treat the LGBTI community, the fact that this competition even takes place is amazing and very encouraging. The world is still a long way from treating everyone equally but I think this competition is a great way to get a little insight on how the LGBTI community is treated in other countries from the contestants themselves while also giving them a chance to have a good time. I hope, in the future, this competition gets a much larger reception.

  3. ssisk001 says:

    This is a topic that is becoming bigger and bigger as awareness and acceptance of the LGBT community grows within our nation. This reminds me of the woman competing in the Miss Universe competition who was originally disqualified on the grounds that she was not a “natural born woman.” By reversing this decision, the LGBT community won a great victory as they triumphed in this case and also raised awareness for the community as a whole which is another large step towards acceptance. This was an awesome article and it too is a stepping stone for the LGBT community as a whole.

  4. dt3d says:

    I agree, the fact that they are even having an event like this shows we are coming a long way; although, we still have a long way to go. Hopefully those even in the African community, will cease judging others based on characteristics and qualities that they cannot control. Some people argue that it is something that they can control. In that case, Judging a person ,period, should be frowned upon.

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