Mr Gay World

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Mister Gay World
Motto Human Rights - Equality - Respect - Opportunity
Formation 2009
Founders Eric Butter (Australia), Dean Nelson (Canada), Tore Aasheim (Norway)
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Australia
Official language
Eric Butter (President and Director Oceania)
Key people
Dieter Sapper (CEO, Chairman of the Board); Noemi Alberto (Director Asia); Coenie Kukkuk (Director Africa & Middle East & Managing Director 2015); Juan Martin Boll & Nano Garcia (Directors Latin-America, Caribbean and the USA); Ivan Denis & Bram Bierkens (Directors Europe).
Website Official website

Mr Gay World is an annual international competition for gay and human rights. The current 2015 Mr Gay World titleholder is Mass Luciano, who represented Hong Kong. It is said to be one of the most publicised gay contests in the world[citation needed] and features prominently in news media across the globe. The 7th annual competition was in Cape Town and Knysna in South Africa from 26 April - 3 May 2015 with the Grand Finale held in Knysna on 2 May 2015. [1]

Mission statement[edit]

Mr. Gay World is defined as an annual contest for gay men, seeking to establish ambassadors for LGBT and human rights, with winners of national contests competing as delegates in a variety of categories. It is not a beauty contest and there is no age limit. This competition is one of the most publicised gay contests in the world and unashamedly uses the attention it garners to focus attention on the plight of LGBTI people worldwide. The primary purpose of Mr. Gay World 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. Mr Gay World is a positive role model and will work on humanizing being gay and/or LGBTI in the media both LGBTI and mainstream. [2]

Media Coverage[edit]

The event explicitly seeks to highlight discrimination against LGBTI people and provide select positive role models. A number of contestants from a number of countries has faced sanctions for their selection or competition, including Nolan Lewis from India, [3][4] Taurai Zhanje from Zimbabwe, Robel Hailu from Ethiopia, former Olympian Chavdar Arsov from Bulgaria, Wendelinus Hamutenya from Namibia and Xiao Dai from China.[5][6]


Year Country/Territory Mr Gay World Location
2015  Hong Kong Mass Luciano Knysna, South Africa
2014  United Kingdom Stuart Hatton Rome, Italy
2013  New Zealand Christopher Michael Olwage Antwerp, Belgium
2012  New Zealand Andreas Derleth Johannesburg, South Africa
2011  South Africa Francois Nel Manila, Philippines
2010  South Africa Charl Van Den Berg Oslo, Norway
2009  Ireland Max Krzyzanowski Whistler, Canada

Hosts and Invited Artists[edit]

Year Masters of Ceremonies Special Musical Guests
2012 Cathy Specific, Soli Philander African Umoja, Kamaliya, Baby M, Terence Bridgett, Alexander Steyn
2011 Boy Abunda, Precious Lara Quigaman None
2010 Will Fennell Velvet
2009 Mark Tewksbury and Charlie David Celebrity Judges: Jo Weil + Thore Schölermann; Musical Performances by: Christina Sing - Destineak, Courtney Act, Ms. Willie Taylor; Special Performance by: Bobby James + the Vertigo Posse

By Number of Wins[edit]

Country/Territory Titles Winning years
 New Zealand 2 2012, 2013
 South Africa 2 2010, 2011
 Germany 1 (resing) 2015
 Hong Kong 1 (takes over the title after Klaus Burkart resigns on November 17th 2015) 2015
 United Kingdom 1 2014
 Ireland 1 2009

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