The winner of Mr Gay World 2015 Klaus Burkart has resigned.
In an open letter, Burkart has claimed that changes in his personal life mean he no longer has the ability to live up to the expectations required as Mr Gay World.
“Indeed it is very challenging and exciting winning the title, but what is more challenging is living up to the expectations, responsibilities and duties that come along with it,” Burkart wrote in a letter published on Mr Gay World.
“Being Mr Gay World and serving the community has filled me with pride and joy.
“I had the opportunity to travel to different places and meet many members and friends of the LGBTI community – their positive feedback showed me that my mission had a true meaning and that the efforts of Mr Gay World are relevant and important.”
When Burkart, 21 from Germany, won the title at Cape Town in May, he spoke with Eikon and said that he wanted to become an advocate for gay rights and help young gays from around the world come out.
“Facing this great experiences I’m very sad to announce that due to personal changes in my life I will no longer be able to live up to the expectations and serve the community to the extent that the title requires
to do so.”
As a result, the first runner-up in the competition, Emmanuel Mass Luciano (Mr Gay Hong Kong) now takes on the title of Mr Gay World 2015.
“I’m stepping down from the title Mr Gay World 2015 and making path to a trailblazer, my fellow competitor and
first runner-up Emmanuel Mass Luciano, Mr Gay Hong Kong,” Burkart continued.
“I know he will be a great representative for our community, who will put all his heart and passion into his reign.”
Speaking with Eikon this morning Mass Luciano, the new title holder, said he is planning a campaign to finish off the year as Mr Gay World 2015.
He will work alongside other Mr Gay World delegates to promote HIV testing in the World LGBTI community.
Last Updated on Nov 18, 2015