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New Zealand Man Crowned 'Mr. Gay World' in Johannesburg: PHOTOS


Andreas Derleth, a stationery store manager from New Zealand, won the Mr. Gay World 2012 competition in Johannesburg over the weekend, StuffNZ reports:

The Mr Gay competition took place over four days and included various challenges, including a photo, sports, fashion, swim suit, public speaking, and local outreach challenges. On the contest's website, it said the winner would not only have the inner beauty of confidence, self-assurance, charisma and natural leadership abilities, but would also take care of his physical beauty. Prizes included $25,000 in travel vouchers to enable the winner to spread his message around the world.

NamibiaThe contest's location, in Johannesburg, drew attention to the plight of gay people in the region as several of the African contestants faced threats:

Namibia's representative, 24-year-old Wendelinus Hamutenya, was hospitalised after being attacked in early December. Ethiopian contestant Robel Hailu, a 25-year-old student in South Africa, received death threats and was disinherited by his wealthy family. South Africa, which won the contest in 2010 and 2011, was represented by a white local councillor from the Eastern Cape, Lance Weyer. "The African delegates are very brave. No one in the West or even in South Africa can get close to understanding the extremely high levels of persecution on this continent. I am proud to be part of a generation of Africans that is prepared to stand up for who we are,'' said 24 year-old Mr Weyer.

Mr Gay World is classed as a beauty pageant but the South African organisers were at pains to stress that the event was more about advocacy than abdominals. The contest had no upper age limit and the top prize was a fairly modest 50,000 Rands (£4,000).

Over four days, contestants were tested on their knowledge of LGBTI issues, put through a wildlife drill, invited for cocktails at the Belgian embassy and put through the rigours of a swimsuit contest. They spent an afternoon doing HIV outreach work before last night's gala finale at the Gold Reef City casino in Johannesburg.

The AP looked at the pageant's influence in Africa:

"I hope and I believe that Namibia will be the second country in Africa to recognize the rights" of gays, Hamutenya said in an interview.

The first country is South Africa, also the first African country to host Mr. Gay World, which debuted in 2009 in Canada. The bill of rights adopted after apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994 explicitly bans discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. Same-sex couples can marry and adopt children in South Africa.

Teboha Maitse, acting chairman of South Africa's Commission for Gender Equality, said she fought white racist rule alongside openly gay comrades, and that experience made her and others aware of the need to enact legal protections for gays. But she said when she travels farther north, "people say, 'You South Africans, you don't behave like Africans.'"


Derleth's partner Tom Linn reacted to the news:

Mr_Gay_World"I'm ecstatic to learn that my beloved partner Andy has been crowned Mr Gay World 2012. He is a non-pretentious, friendly and generous person with great ideas and wisdom, who lives within his means and discipline and true to his words. He worked extra hard in thorough preparations for the Mr Gay World 2012 contest and he truly deserved to win the title."

Watch a slideshow of the "sport" competition, AFTER THE JUMP...

And here's another slideshow on Flickr.

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  1. What can you say about a gay mens beauty pageant.
    But the MENstruation speedo look has got to go!

    Posted by: SOLUS | Apr 9, 2012 8:46:02 AM

  2. I admire the bravery of the African contestants who are struggling to thrive in Africa, the most homophobic continent in the world. The minds of most Africans are still shackled by the ideology of Conservative Christianity,Islam and tribal religions. Progressives on that continent have a long and difficult struggle ahead.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 9, 2012 9:44:57 AM

  3. the world is coming to an end may God forgive us and south africa.

    Posted by: Ab santos | Apr 9, 2012 9:48:12 AM

  4. I am generally not a fan of pageants, but in this case -- where showing our very existence can get us beaten or killed -- we have to call many of these man very BRAVE.

    My best wishes for the African contestants, you are the lights that hopefully will show your countries the way out of the darkness of ignorance and religious oppression.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Apr 9, 2012 9:51:30 AM

  5. Countdown until Kiwi whines about people being caucasian: 10..... 9 ....... 8 ...... 7

    Posted by: David Hearn | Apr 9, 2012 10:03:17 AM

  6. I guess you can't be out of shape to be Mr. Gay World.

    Posted by: sean | Apr 9, 2012 10:04:13 AM

  7. AB Santos: When is the world coming to an end? Be specific! How will it end? Be specific! Are we talking a billion years when our sun burns out, or next week? Please give us mere mortals your answer. LOL

    Posted by: jack | Apr 9, 2012 10:07:39 AM

  8. "Countdown until Kiwi whines about people being caucasian:10..... 9 ....... 8 ...... 7"

    Little Kiwi doesn't whine about anyone being a Caucasion. He is a very proud Canadian Caucasion... who just happens NOT to be an arrogant, racist, White supremacist, American Republican pig...that's all.

    "The minds of most Africans are still shackled by the ideology of Conservative Christianity,Islam and tribal religions"

    Actually, Jack, if they'd kept their "tribal religions" they probably wouldn't be as anti-Gay.

    And let us remember: you can have a nation of five million people. If five thousand idiots make a big ugly demonstation against Gay people--that five thousand gets all the attention. You know, like the Tea Party here.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 9, 2012 10:21:08 AM

  9. Derrick: You really don't think littlekiwi is arrogant? I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I often come down on the same side of an issue as kiwi, but he is so mean spirited, vulgar,hysterical, angry and arrogant that I don't want to be associated with him. He is the kind of spokesman who drives people away from the causes he "rants" in favor of.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 9, 2012 10:44:43 AM

  10. Hard to believe that only the arrogant, racist, white supremacist, American Republican pigs among us noticed right away that everyone of those beauties is lily white, with (it looks like) only two exceptions. I can understand why most African countries didn't send a representative, but what about the rest of the world? Just saying.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Apr 9, 2012 10:52:46 AM

  11. There are at least 12 ethnicities represented in the 25 contestants of the pageant.

    Posted by: David Hearn | Apr 9, 2012 11:18:53 AM

  12. I don't think Little Kiwi is "arrogant". I think he's usually right.

    Posted by: mike128 | Apr 9, 2012 11:32:33 AM

  13. I didn't call anyone on this blog an arrogant, racist, White supremacist, American Republican pig. I just said that Little Kiwi ISN'T one. He fights against such beings.

    Someone mentioned Little Kiwi's name. Why wouldn't you speak up for someone who's been considerate and valiant enough to speak up for you? I've always depended on the kindness of strangers...appreciate it too.

    Were all the contestants "lily white"? Oh, well, we'll have to protest that. Maybe next year, or maybe in 2014...maybe.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 9, 2012 11:36:50 AM

  14. I second always backs up his info with relevant citations to prove his's called being poignant and scholarly..rather than making accusations like.. :P

    Posted by: jayjay | Apr 9, 2012 11:40:22 AM

  15. Guess you can't have body hair

    Posted by: patrick | Apr 9, 2012 12:00:26 PM

  16. Repulsive on every level.

    Posted by: Mr. McGinnis | Apr 9, 2012 1:38:23 PM

  17. I agree with Kiwi 99.9% of the time as well. Those that Bash Kiwi have their own disgusting anti-gay agenda.

    Posted by: Mic | Apr 9, 2012 3:03:24 PM

  18. @mic. as one who was recently accused of being "obsessed" with little kiwi, by little kiwi himself, i see sometimes he's right, and other times he's not, but don't you dare disagree with him bc he will lash out with the heat of 1000 suns. and viciously. he's said some pretty vile things here.

    absolutely absurd to say people who often criticize him (rightly so) have some kind of "disgusting anti-gay agenda"

    the fact that discussions often turn to a contentious argument about him and his "gospel" i think speaks to his overbearing presence on this site. (even more than jason, tank, ratbastard, and rick). where is he anyway? biting his tongue?

    but i'm "obsessed" apparently

    @mcginnis. what's repulsive about this? what levels? curious.

    Posted by: gomez | Apr 9, 2012 3:54:08 PM

  19. Uh, back on the pageant fellas. Good to them for taking care of their bodies and being proud of who they are. Bravo to the African contestants for being a lot braver than most of us. As far as Africa being the worst continent for Gays, by what standards? Is it horrible for Gays there? Yes. Is it horrible for Gays in the USA? Yes? How about the Pacific in Indonesia or the vast majority of the world? Yes. What you wanted to say is "Savages, Darkies, Jiggaboos, The "N" word, are all a bunch of homophobes that the world would be better off without." YOUR world. Get over yourself @Jack. I have never been the victim of racism except from American Gay White Men. Do I think they are all awful and backwards? No. They are humans who are flawed.

    Just like I am. Just like you are.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Apr 9, 2012 5:54:13 PM

  20. The world, and this blog, would be better off if little kiwi and derrick would just shut the F up.

    Sadly, that will never happen.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 9, 2012 7:43:17 PM

  21. Argentina, Brazil, and Bulgaria are somewhat interesting. Many of the others just don't look like male beauty contest winners to me. It would be interesting to know how one rises through the ranks for this contest.

    Posted by: David Hearn | Apr 9, 2012 10:54:11 PM

  22. A lot of estimable people on this site have serious doubts about KIWI. His style is infantile, repellant and inexcusable, often in great contrast with his content, though that content is often monotonous and overstated. I no longer read him because I know what he's going to say. On his website you will see him appropriately flanked by a pit bull and then a series of teen posturing which say nothing more clearly than that he is unemployable, accountable to no one, and spoiled rotten. Truly, "lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds."

    Posted by: uffda | Apr 9, 2012 11:04:47 PM

  23. OK, who do you have to sleep with to win this contest? Just kidding, I'm sure it's all out in the open, with those speedo's and all.

    Posted by: thinking about it | Apr 10, 2012 7:39:23 AM

  24. Disgraced Ethiopian!!! Ethiopians are children of God--worship our God--God of Abraham with chanting, dancing,not disgraced onces. I tell you what--the homosexuals, lesb need to be collectted, and burn!!! These people are occupied by Satan. Satan knows where the children God--that's now he enter Ethiopia. We will fight back against this evil act!!!!

    Posted by: truth | Jun 27, 2012 6:00:57 PM

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