Mr. Gay World held in South Africa for first time
April 10, 2012
A unique event was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, recently - Mr. Gay World. The contest saw 21 competitors take to the stage to compete for the title, and The Associated Press reports this is the first time it has been held in Africa since the event began in Canada in 2009.
The event not only celebrates homosexuality, but it raises the important issue of equality in Africa. Gay and lesbian couples in South Africa are now legally allowed to marry and have children, thanks to the post-apartheid bill of rights that outlaws sexual discrimination, but other African nations are not so accepting. According to the AP, Mr. Gay Ethiopia was disowned by his father after entering the competition and Mr. Gay Zimbabwe backed out of the competition because his participation was causing problems back home for his mother. However, the Namibia contestant was sent off with warm wishes from his family.
The winner of the contest was German Andreas Derleth, who lives in New Zealand. There were also contestants from Europe and the Americas, but only a few came from Asia and Africa.