Mr. Gay Victoria to reign

Do you have what it takes to become Mr. Gay Victoria? How about Mr. Gay World? It all starts Sat., Nov. 24, at Paparazzi Nightclub

Anyone confident enough to try out to become Mr. Gay Victoria could find himself scoring a world title, too.

Anyone confident enough to try out to become Mr. Gay Victoria could find himself scoring a world title, too.

Do you have what it takes to become Mr. Gay Victoria? How about Mr. Gay World? It all starts Sat., Nov. 24, at Paparazzi Nightclub with a regional competition aimed at leading the most fabulous gay man to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for young men to be positive role models for youth in our communities, and to help support a charity they feel strongly about,” says Helina Kinnersley, CEO of Paparazzi. “We are looking for confident, self-assured men to represent Victoria on the national and maybe world level — those who show care for their community and for others.”

The competition is part of the Mr. Gay Canada organization whose purpose is to provide an opportunity for young gay men to make a difference through education and public performances. While there is a fashion component, the organization’s goal is to create positive, authentic and empowered role models that will champion gay human rights issues in their own communities, as well as on a global stage.

Through public performances, outreach and education, the winners will raise awareness of issues pertinent to young gay men, such as safe-sex awareness, bullying and self-acceptance. All regional winners will compete at the annual Mr. Gay Canada competition in Whistler next February, and the winner from that competition will represent Canada in the International Mr. Gay World competition in Belgium in August of 2013.

Kinnersley says competitors (19+ only) at the Mr. Gay Victoria affair will be judged on everything from public speaking ability and charisma to local outreach work, physical appearance, even  a swimwear/underwear category.

“It’s a lot of fun, but really we are looking for men who want to offer the encouragement that so many young people today need,” Kinnersley says. M

Check out Mr. Gay Victoria Sat., Nov. 24, 10pm at Paparazzi Nightclub (642 Johnson). Free to compete. For an application and more information, contact Helina Kinnersley at 250-388-0505, or visit mrgaycanada.ca.

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