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); Wilbert Ting Tolentino (Director Philippines); 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 men. The current 2016 Mr Gay World titleholder is Roger Gosalbez, who represented Spain. Mr Gay World claims to be one of the most publicised gay contests in the world, something that can't be verified, and also claims to be featured prominently in news media across the globe. The 8th annual competition was in Malta from 19–25 April 2016 with the Grand Finale held in Palazzo Villa Rosa.

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.[1]

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,[2][3] Taurai Zhanje from Zimbabwe, Robel Hailu from Ethiopia, former Olympian Chavdar Arsov from Bulgaria, Wendelinus Hamutenya from Namibia and Xiao Dai from China.[4][5]


The Mr. Gay World organization has been accused of bullying contestants, making threats and failing to provide support for human rights discussions on at least two documented occasions.

In 2014, contestants from Australia and New Zealand pulled out, along with a skincare sponsor, citing bullying, poor living conditions and inappropriate sexual suggestions.[6]

The 2015 winner, Klaus Burkart, who had Mr. Gay World CEO Dieter Sapper as his sponsor, stepped down mysteriously to be replaced by Mr. Gay Hong Kong, citing "personal changes." Sapper said an internal investigation had taken place into accusations that the organization had faked and manipulated scores, but no reports were made to media.

Since wrapping up the 2016 run, the competition has seen more negative feedback. The controversy hit the media when Daily Xtra spoke to contestants. The news source verified messages that appeared to show president Eric Butter calling the Maltese people "scum," and Sapper promising one contestant a top 3 finish before the competition in Malta, but changing his tone when he received complaints about the lack of information coming from the organization in the days leading up to the events.

Despite Daily Xtra's assertion the documents were verified, Butter denied them and accused Xtra and the corroborating contestants of a smear campaign.[7]


Year Country/Territory Mr Gay World Location
2016  Spain Roger Gosalbez St. Julian's, Malta
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

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