Cody Jarvie’s ambition for entering the Mr. Gay New Zealand competition is to spread awareness about the major issues facing the LGBTI community and for this 25-year-old, homelessness, self-acceptance, and teen suicides are high on his agenda.
This restaurant manager and top bartender is determined to achieve everything he sets his sights on.
“I have the determination to achieve success in whatever I strive for,” explained Cody to eikon.
“I work hard for what I believe in and I never back down. I know I will have a positive effect on the present and younger communities around New Zealand and wider countries.
Cody has made no secret, during the Mr. Gay New Zealand competition, that he believes LGBTI homelessness is a huge issue that is being swept under a rug.
“It is happening right before our very eyes. I was talking to some of the local youth centre operators and was fathomed by the fact that this is an issue that many have tried to rectify but eventually have thrown it into the to hard basket and given up.
“My ambition as a finalist and hopefully Mr. Gay New Zealand is to spread awareness to wider communities and start to make a change towards LGBTI Homelessness, Self-Acceptance, Teen Suicide.
“One smile can start a friendship. One word, can end a fight. One look, can save a relationship. One person can save a life.”
With the final arriving this coming Sunday at the Ending HIV Big Gay Out, Cody remains excited about the result and about his fellow finalists.
“All my fellow contestants in this year’s competition have stood out qualities and each of them genuinely cares about the betterment of the LGBTI community.
“The two people that I think will do well for the community are Logan and Charlie for their exceptional personalities and their dedication to so the community so far.”
“I have spoken with some former competitors and they have advised me to used this platform as an opportunity to be a voice for those who can’t speak freely.
“I would really love to share my experience with others encouraging them to enter into future Gay New Zealand competitions.”
The final of Mr. Gay New Zealand 2017 will be held at the Ending HIV Big Gay Out on Sunday 12 February. You can still vote for your favourite finalist here.
Last Updated on Feb 9, 2017