Mr Gay World is an annual contest for gay men, seeking to establish ambassadors for Gay and Human Rights, with winners of national contests competing as delegates in a variety of categories. This competition is the most publicized gay contest in the world.
The current Mister Gay World 2011 titleholder is Francois Nel from Pretoria, South Africa with South Africa winning a record second time in Manila. Francois was crowned in the Philippines on March 14. The previous South African winner in 2010 was Charl van den Berg, winning in Oslo, Norway. In 2009, the winner was Max Krzyzanowski from Ireland who won in Whistler, Canada.
Mr. Gay World announces Continental Directors Oct. 2012
Sydney, Australia - October 11th, 2011 - Eric Butter, President of Mr. Gay World announced today his new global volunteer advisory board representing all corners of the globe. Butter says, "Many of our international producers have been on the Mr. Gay journey for a number of years and as Mr. Gay World heads into our fourth global competition set for South Africa we felt it was time to reorganize our structure to maximize our synergies with each of the global regions."
Mr. Gay World welcomes volunteer directors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. All of the directors have a huge wealth of knowledge in LGBT Tourism, Human Rights and sexual diversity.
Coenie Kukkuk - Africa | Co-Founder of Mr. Gay South Africa (Pty) Ltd and an accomplished attorney. Kukkuk is a commissioner of the Small Claims Court and is an activist in South Africa for sexual diversity and equal human rights. Kukkuk is a member of the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras organizing committee and runs a social news network called Gayspeak News.
Noemi Alberto - Asia | Co-Founder of Mr. Gay World and Mr. Gay Philippines. Alberto sits on the Executive Committee for Mr. Gay World and is the Chairperson for Mr. Gay Philippines. Alberto is a chemical engineering graduate and successful business woman in Manila with a career placement agency. Alberto is active with various outreach programs including charity work and education with HIV/AIDS founding the "Red Ribbon Campaign."
Tore Aasheim - Europe | Playing a key role in creating both Mr. Gay Europe and Mr. Gay World. Aasheim is the President of Mr. Gay Europe and recently held the role of district council leader in Oslo; he is the chairman of the gay network of the Socialist Leftwing party of Norway and he is the editor of the pansexual magazine Cupido in Norway. Aasheim has an international degree in Journalism and has been working as to Editor in Chief for a radio station, a newspaper and several lifestyle magazines. Aasheim has been Managing Director of a model agency and an acting school. Aasheim has also worked in television with a national music show and interactive TV shows, covering anything from public service to gay lifestyle.
Dean Nelson - North America & Oceania | Co-Founder of Mr. Gay World and Mr. Gay Canada. Nelson sits on the Executive Committee for Mr. Gay World and is the Executive Producer of GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Travel Gay Canada. Nelson has been active in various community groups including Vancouver Pride Society, InterPride, GLISA 2011 North America Outgames Society and the founder/executive producer of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games PRIDEhouse, an LGBT pavilion that celebrated sexual diversity and created a dialogue on homophobia within sports.
Alfredo Ferreyra - South America | Alfredo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, studied at home and abroad getting two Master in Business Administration degrees. He has worked for 25 years for IBM retiring in the position of Business Control. Since 2001 he was the founder of several companies related to LGBT activities and tourism services. He is specialized in personalized and tailor-made services to the LGBT community. He has joined IGLTA in 2001 and since 2007 he was named IGLTA Representative to Argentina and Uruguay. He works with a variety of LGBT Non Profit Organizations and HIV/AIDS foundations. Finally he is currently working as LGBT Market Consultant in Latin America.
Mr. Gay World is very excited to welcome the new team of MGW12 and looks forward in helping to raise awareness of sexual diversity and equal human rights throughout the world. Mr. Gay World competition will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa April 4-8, 2012. The grand finale of Mr. Gay World will be on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 8PM at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The mission of Mr. Gay World (MGW) is to advance national and international gay rights through education and public performance. MGW creates authentic leaders who will take responsibility, not only in his own community but on a global stage, speaking out for equal rights by inspiring those around him. Mr. Gay World is a genuine and positive role model that will champion equality and diversity in the media both gay and mainstream.
About Mr. Gay World
The Mr. Gay World Competition is the Twenty First Century beauty contest where the delegates represent their nation as the best spokesperson and embody the spirit of their nation. The delegate chosen to represent his peers on a global stage will not only have the inner beauty of confidence, self assurance, charisma and natural leadership abilities but he will also take care in his outward beauty. Click to read more...
4th Annual Mr. Gay World Competition heads to Johannesburg, South Africa (April 4-8 2012)
Mr. Gay World Grand Finale is set to take place in the dynamic city of Johannesburg, South Africa, April 4-8, 2012.
President of MGW, Eric Butter said, "We are so excited to take our Big Five (continents) to Africa to experience the 'Rainbow Nation' for our fourth annual competition over the Easter holidays. The producers of Mr. Gay South Africa have produced excellent quality events and are so looking forward to the production and unique African experience they are planning for the international delegation."
The Mr. Gay World competition is based on an open and transparent cooperation between producers worldwide. Regional producers are responsible for selecting which delegates will represent their region or country as the best possible spokesperson for local culture, ideas and equal and human & LGBTI rights challenges.
All the regional producers work in collaboration with the Executive Committee who sit on the Board of Directors of Mr. Gay World with specific portfolios of responsibility therefore ensuring a truly global reach.
The primary purpose of Mr. Gay World (MGW) is to identify leaders who will take responsibility of being a spokesperson not only in his own community but on a global stage speaking out for equal and human rights. MGW is a positive role model and will work on humanizing being gay and/or LGBTI in the media both LGBTI and mainstream.
The Mr. Gay World Competition is a 4-day, indoor/outdoor series of events to help the judges identify a strong spokesman or Ambassador to tell the world about our mission. The Competition includes athletic tests and extensive interviews with our panel of judges. Judging points are based on a diverse set of criteria including qualities in charisma, leadership, sport, personality, appearance and communication.
Each year the Executive Committee will consult with the board of directors to determine the total number of delegates to participate in the world competition, and number of delegates from each region. The assignment of Delegate quotas per Region for 2011 is as follows:
• Africa 4 • Asia 4 • America, South, Central and Caribbean 6 • America and North 2 • Europe including Russia and Middle East 8 • Oceania 2
==Who is Mr Gay World?==
The Mr. Gay World Competition is a Twenty First Century beauty contest where the delegates represent their nation as the best spokesperson and embody the spirit of their nation.
The delegate chosen to represent his peers on a global stage will not only have the inner beauty of confidence, self assurance, charisma and natural leadership abilities but he will also take care in his outward appearance.
The delegate will treat his body as his temple and will be active and outgoing. He will have impeccable grooming standards and has a thorough understanding of what attire is appropriate for each engagement he is to encounter.
During the stage competitions and particularly in the personal interviews, the jury will focus on the delegate who:
shows an interest in the world and people around him;
displays patience, has a compassionate and considerate nature;
embraces change, or things and people different from his own frame of reference, experience or cultural background;
can articulate his thoughts and conduct an intelligent conversation;
has a basic innate charm and sparkle;
is special, and authentic;
has poise and is secure with himself, without coming across as arrogant;
is the ambassador that his nation and local community is proud of;
can be a diplomat of goodwill;
has natural leadership skills;
he inspires his peers and people around him;
is willing to take risks and become something larger than he had imagined;
is willing to have fun, push his personal comfort zones, and meet many wonderful people around the globe and be part of a very select and special group of men;
he is Mr. Gay World.
Delegate must be at minimum 19 years of age one month prior to the competition. All Delegates are responsible for their own VISA and flight requirements when visiting foreign countries. Spoken English is an asset but not mandatory.