Mr Gay World pageant comes to Africa

2012-04-09 07:02

Mr. Gay World was hosted in Africa for the first time, a continent where gay rights activists have been vilified, threatened and killed.

Organisers of the competition, which was held late last night, say it is aimed at identifying a spokesperson and role model for gays, particularly in Africa.

The competition was entered by 22 finalists from around the world.

Some African contestants faced personal challenges due to entering the contest – after entering, Mr. Ethiopia’s father cut off all communications and Mr. Zimbabwe withdrew from the contest fearing the publicity was making life difficult for his mother.

Mr. Namibia’s family accompanied him to the airport for a warm send-off when he left for the competition in Johannesburg, however.

Wendelinus Hamutenya says his experience shows that Africans and Africa can change.

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