Mr Gay World has announced that it has been forced to withdraw next year’s event from Hong Kong, the city appointed to host Mr Gay World 2019.
The annual international search for a gay role model had been set to take place in Hong Kong from 28 April to 4 May, 2019. Unfortunately, the local hosting company, which is located on the Chinese mainland, has confirmed that it cannot proceed with organising the contest due to a clampdown by the Chinese authorities on LGBTQ affirming events and campaigns.
“It is with great disappointment that I’ve been informed that Mr Gay World will not be able to go ahead in Hong Kong due to the struggles that our Chinese colleagues and their families are facing in their homeland,” commented Eric Butter, President and Founder of Mr Gay World. “The safety of our delegates and their families is of utmost importance,” he said.
The current Mr Gay World, Jordan Bruno from Australia, who won the 2018 title in Knysna, South Africa in May, expressed his dismay at the news. “I’m disappointed in the Chinese authorities for being unwilling to celebrate and uphold LGBTQ equality, but their stance demonstrates why Mr Gay World is still such a relevant and important competition,” he said.
The good news is that Mr Gay World 2019 will still go ahead, and on the same dates as before.“There is always a silver lining,” said Butter. “I’m pleased that we will once again work with South Africa and their supporting LGBTQ community. This time we are going to Cape Town!”
Alan Ford Productions, Gerrit Prinsloo Productions and Gay World Events have stepped in and joined forces to organise and host Mr Gay World in Cape Town from 28 April to 4 May 2019. South Africa has previously successfully hosted the event three times; in Johannesburg and in Knysna.