Mr Gay World are demonstrating trans-inclusivity by opening up the competition to anyone who identifies as male.
“In an all-inclusive move, Mr. Gay World has amended its policy to encompass the male-identifying spectrum within the LGBTQ+ community,” a press release reads.
“This policy will be passed globally to all licence holders and strict measures will be put in place to ensure compliance. Mr. Gay World is a pageant and awareness-promoting competition for the upliftment and empowerment of gay men as a minority group. The competition is open to anyone who identifies as male, using him and his pronouns and who collectively identifies as male.”
Although, they do specify that trans contestants should also identify as ‘gay’.
“The title winner would be crowned as Mr. Gay World and it is for this reason that all entrants should identify in this way. Mr. Gay World is passionate about the empowerment and upliftment of all members of the LGBTQ+ community and regularly contributes to fundraising events and awareness activities for causes within this vast and diverse community, but its primary focus is that of the gay and male-identifying demographic of society as a community that has been globally recognized as a vulnerable minority with specific needs and requirements to promote self-confidence, solidarity, and a sense of community.”
Due to 2020’s competition being postponed, Mr. Gay World will be screening last year’s competition and this year’s over on their YouTube channel. So effectively, there will be two winners this year.
MGW 2020 will take place online from Oct 9th – 16th, and MGW 2021 will run from Oct 23rd – 30th.