Do you fancy yourself a gay man who has got what it takes to represent the local LGBTQI+ community at the upcoming Mr Gay World 2020 competition? Do you care about LGBTQ issues and need a platform to take your activism forward? You might be the perfect candidate for the Mr Gay World South Africa competition, for which entries are now officially open.

The organisers of the local competition made the announcement on 2 September, inviting interested gay men to enter through the Mr Gay World South Africa website.

Entries into the competition will be open until 30 September, after which a public voting process, running from 1 October to 22 October, will decide the top 12 finalists.

The finalists will be officially announced at Joburg Pride on 26 October this year, and this will be followed by a selection process, which will utilise online public voting, engagement on various social media platforms, and judges voting and adjudication to appoint a representative for the country’s LGBT community.

Speaking about the competition, the National Producer for Mr Gay World South Africa, Antonie Pieterse said, “The Mr Gay World South Africa competition is about searching for a well-groomed, well-spoken and truly representative individual who will do us proud in the upcoming Mr Gay World competition in 2020.”

The reigning Mr Gay World South Africa, Knysna-based gym instructor Chris Emmanuel, represented South Africa at this year’s Mr Gay World competition in Cape Town. The competition was won by Janjep Carlos from the Philippines.

According to the Mr Gay World SA website, the organisers are looking for a “smart, educated and eloquent person who is confident to state his position, caring and friendly – open-minded to all people alike, aware of modern communication and able to use it in order to share and spread his message worldwide, visionary and dedicated to his responsibility towards the community they represent and lastly be true and faithful to the community and Mr Gay World South Africa”.

Do you fit the bill? To enter the Mr Gay World South Africa competition, complete the entry form on the Mr Gay World South Africa website before the end of September.