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Online public voting is now live with less than two weeks until the next Mr Gay Pride Australia is crowned on stage at the ChillOut Festival at Daylesford’s Victoria Park.

Eight finalists from across the country have already shared the reasons why they want to win the competition as well as publishing articles about LGBTI issues that they want to tackle if they are successful.

The finalists come from a range of diverse backgrounds and represent various states around Australia, including from both regional and city areas. The oldest competitor is 52 whilst the youngest is just 20 and they are addressing various issues such as living with HIV to prejudice within our rainbow community.

They will now promote their stories across social media to try and gain votes which makes up part of the overall judging for the competition.

When the finalists come together in Melbourne and Daylesford in March, the other challenges will include a photo shoot, written test, a personal interview and public speaking at ChillOut’s Carnival.

All challenges will be scored by a judging panel and the winner will get the chance to attend Mr Gay World 2019 as Australia’s representative in Cape Town South Africa from 28 April to 4 May 2019.

Last year’s Mr Gay Pride Australia Jordan Bruno went on to win Mr Gay World 2018 for the first time in Australia’s history.

To read opinion pieces and vote for your favourite Mr Gay Pride Australia finalist visit here.