Welcome to the Mr Gay Europe family and unity through diversity. These are not empty words, we put our hearts and souls into those words.
Mr Gay Europe has come a long way since two friends had a couple of beers – and maybe some margaritas – in the fall of 2004 and came up with this crazy idea to arrange Mr Gay Europe – like, how decadent was it possible to be? Let’s just say it has been an interesting, wild, crazy, frustrating, eye-opening, challenging happy and giving time.
Honestly, the first year the competition was just an excuse to throw a party. The second year we started to see the shape of the future of Mr Gay Europe. We were happy that the competition grew more and more into a human rights event, and we are proud of all the brave and proud contestants we’ve had through the years. All along the goal has been to package the fight for human and gay rights with a positive, happy and entertaining event.
If there is one thing we don’t want to be, is a beauty pageant where body trumps brains, and muscles are more important than man to man relationships, networking and friendship, and our motto: unity through diversity.
Mr Gay Europe is the original Mr Gay competition, though others have tried to copy us and even tried to change us, we are still faithful to our roots, where friendship, pride, knowledge and diversity are our corner stones of the competition.
In many ways you could say that Mr Gay Europe is going back to the basics, and our first step is to truly open the competition to all of Europe. We still of course prioritize to work with our hard-working producers, but in countries with no producers, contestants can now register directly online.
Our authorized producers around Europe are working hard with the same goals as Mr Gay Europe. Mr Gay Europe is a non-profit organization, and all the work is done voluntarily. Each year the delegates make Mr Gay Europe into what it is. We at the Mr Gay Europe team will continue to stride for a fun, educating and enlightening, safe, happy, and positive event where gay men of all ages can make friends, build networks and help us create the new gay generation – our future. We need to keep fighting for our rights – human rights are fresh goods, if we don’t pay attention, it goes sour and rots on us.
Welcome to the Mr Gay Europe family – the gay fight goes on!