The annual international search for a gay role model has kicked off in Cape Town.
Mr Gay World started this week and will run until May 4. The Mother City is hosting the MGW competition for the fourth time.
The event addresses issues of homophobia and brings across messages of inclusion, humanity and equality.
22 contestants will participate in workshops, photo shoots, cultural tours and the main events.
Mr Gay World founder, Eric Butter says the competition serves as a leadership programme for the participants.
“We are enablers of education, so we like to provide safe platforms for gay men from all over the world to come together and share their stories. So we are enablers of education, so we educate them and they educate us and they educate each other”, said Butter.”
Contenders come from as far as Venezuela, Thailand, Spain and Ireland, while South Africa is represented by Chris Emmanuel.
Chairperson of the competition’s board of directors, Igor Scheurkogel, wished the contenders luck, saying: “As a South African I’m so proud to host the world again for the 11th Mr Gay World finale in Cape Town. We’ve shown growth from 2018.