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In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic forced organisers of Mr Gay World to postpone their face-to-face event until 2021, but with continuing issues across the globe, not the least of which that many countries have imposed travel bans until 2022, the 2020 and 2021 versions of the competition will now be held online.

The combined Mr Gay World 2020 and Mr Gay World 2021 competition finales, were scheduled to be conducted in South Africa’s Johannesburg in September, but will now take place online in September.

The 2020 competition will kick off on Saturday 4 September 2021, with the Grand Finale being held on Saturday 11 September 2021. Delegates for the 2021 event will compete from Saturday 18 September 2021 until Saturday 25 September 2021.


This allows all delegates full participation in their events and pre-judging of certain parts via the online process, based on the same process normally followed.

The first Mr Gay World competition was held in 2009 and it seeks to establish ambassadors for LGBT and human rights.

The winner of Mr Gay World will represent his peers on a global stage and will have the inner beauty of confidence, self-assurance, charisma and natural leadership abilities.

Delegates for the virtual edition of the competition will still need to enter as official representatives of their country or enter their country’s official competition as well as following all requirements of eligibility.

In a statement, President of Mr Gay World Eric Butter said moving to a virtual event for this year will be a big change.

“We know this is new territory for a competition of this magnitude, but it is the best option to allow total inclusion of all the participating countries, represented by their delegates,” said Eric Butter.

President of Mr Gay World Eric Butter
President of Mr Gay World Eric Butter

Mr Gay World is now also calling for applicants so if you think that you have what it takes to represent your country, email [email protected]

Last Updated on May 18, 2021

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