Encouraging all gay Namibian men to show bravery, and stand up for LGBTI rights, the Mr. Gay Namibia competition is calling on individuals to take part in the event to increase the visibility of the LGBTI community.
The event’s organiser, Wendelinus Hamutenya, who was first to win the competition in 2011, described the would-be titleholder as a spokesperson who is dedicated to celebrating the beauty and diversity of manhood in the country.
“Recognising that there’s more than one way to be man, Mr Gay Namibia was launched officially in August 2011 as a clarion call to unite the country’s gay men in presenting a fun, festive and friendly image of the gay community in Namibia,” Hamutenya said, speaking with Mombaonline.
Hamutenya highlighted that the pageant aims to fearlessly build interaction between mainstream culture and the contemporary gay scene. “Mr Gay Namibia aims to promote equality, tolerance, understanding, and an authentic enjoyment of the cultural diversity that creates a truly vibrant Namibia.”
The winner of the pageant will also represent the country at the next Mr. Gay World in Hong Kong, China in 2019. Hamutenya urged the rainbow community and MSM residing both in and outside of the country to take part in the competition without fear.
While same-sex relations between women is legal in Namibia, sexual acts between men still remain illegal according to the country’s Roman Dutch Common Law. While there are no recorded cases of the law being enforced in recent years, discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation is not illegal in the country.
The Mr. Gay Namibia pageant will take place on the 25th of August, with entries closing on the 30th of June.