I have applied for Mr. Gay Pride Australia to show the community how normal, down to earth men, can make a difference in their own communities.
I want to lead by example and be a voice for those who are afraid to use their own. I truly want to make a difference to the broader LGBTI community by normalizing and promoting our equal rights.
I don’t think Mr. Gay Pride Australia is a title that gives me any sense of entitlement or importance over anyone else, rather it is an important platform that would provide me with the ability to more vocally advocate for LGBTI rights and represent a community that I have so much respect and love for, a community which I am proud to be actively engaged in.
Over the last few years I have been heavily involved with Equal Marriage Australia campaigning for Marriage Equality, handing out pamphlets (during the expensive and insulting plebiscite) and speaking for marriage equality on TV, radio and at rallies (you can see all my marriage equality campaigns below).
However, my true passion is to help, represent and connect LGBTI youth across Australia.
In 2016 I proudly released my first cookbook, “The Gay Chef,” a completely free e-cookbook that provides downloaders with the option to donate to either the Headspace charity or Minus18 charity.
The book aims to raise awareness of mental health issues of youth across Australia.
The book itself is filled with 30 of my family favourite recipes inspired by my Mother, and has personal stories about mental health struggles, coming out stories, information about how to help a loved one currently suffering with a mental health condition and helplines and support for people that are suffering themselves.
I have also started an LGBTI cooking school in Western Australia with the intention to connect LGBTI youth, providing networking opportunities for youngsters that are going through similar experiences.
Honestly, the results of the classes have been absolutely amazing and the ongoing friendships formed between the students have been overwhelming, to say the least.
I can’t stress enough how important I think it is for LGBTI people across the spectrum to meet people in similar situations.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to gain sponsorship for this endeavour and have to cover the costs of the school myself, making it hard to grow the size of the events and participation at this present time.
In obtaining the title of Mr. Gay Pride Australia it would be my aim to launch an LGBTI anti-bullying program that would involve me visiting schools and giving informative talks to students regarding ways of dealing with antisocial behaviour from their peers.
I have already drafted the program and applied for several government grants; however, your platform and prestige would further strengthen my case and ability to impact the community.
Additionally, I would love to run LGBTI community events across Australia as a means for LGBTI kids to build networks that will support them when they feel low. I struggled with my sexuality when I was younger and now I feel like it is my responsibility to help contribute to a safer, healthier and stronger LGBTI community.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a public voice and to speak out in many public forums regarding LGBTI issues, a passionate pursuit I am only hoping to continue to strengthen by pursuing this title.
Everyone has a dream, mine is to make people realize that it’s ok to be yourself, however that may look. Please check out all my advocacy work below.
Cupcakes for marriage equality
Today Tonight Cook Book Report
The Gay Chef Recipe Book
Marriage Equality Speech
Christmas Marriage Equality Campaign
Twins for Marriage Equality
Marriage Equality Photo-shoots
For more on Jordan and the other finalists of Mr. Gay Pride Australia visit the website www.mrgayprideaustralia.com
Last Updated on Jan 3, 2018