From more than 120 applicants who applied, Belgium has now announced its 12 finalists for the 2016 Mr Gay Belgium competition.
Launched at a venue in Antwerp on Thursday night, Directors of the competition Bran Bierkens and Ivan Dennis explained how the applicants were narrowed down to 40 and then put through their paces before the final twelve were chosen. (Check the video below)
From this year’s finalists, 17-year-old Ayrton Hensman from Betekom is the youngest while 33-year-old Kevin Aerts from Heist-op-den-Berg rounds out the upper age limit.
Just like with Mr Gay New Zealand, Mr Gay Belgium finalists have all nominated an area of the LGBTQ community that they wish to focus their attention on during the year including areas such as LGBT people in nursing homes, workplace discrimination, LGBT people in rural areas and transgender rights.
Every year the Belgium competition also has a special project they place in the spotlight for the three months of the competition. This year the Kwadraat.
This year the Kwadraat.Deze association was chosen as the designated charity, dedicated to gay parents and their children.
The Belgium Mr Gay competition runs across the next three months with public voting already open.
The winner of this event will represent the country in the 2017 Mr Gay World competition as the current Mr Gay Belgium winner Skelte Williams is heading to Malta in April 2016 as their country’s choice from last year to take on our own Mr Gay New Zealand Bernard Lee.
Last Updated on Feb 29, 2016