Managing Director and Organizer
As a two times winner of Mr Gay UK, Mr Gay Europe Runner Up and Mr gay World winner, I believe that along with these skills and my broadcasting training, I am a formidable person and the best person to steer Mr Gay Europe on its new path in 2016. I understand the role of ‘the delegate’ because I have been in their shoes and I also understand the role of management; therefore I believe that knowing the ‘best of both worlds’ as The Managing Director of Mr Gay Europe, I will help the competition flow forward into the future in a brand new direction.
I am most looking forward to meeting the delegates this year. We have an interesting mix of boys who come from so many different backgrounds, who all have a vivacious zest for life; I believe that they will all share with each other many different LGBTI stories and accounts from each others countries and help each other understand that our continuing fight for acceptance and equality is not over, even in 2016.
Nick believes in activism and avocation for gender and sexuality rights. On many occasions he has been spotted lobbying MP’s and most recently working with the Missing Medicines campaign fighting against Pharmaceutical capitalism for HIV medications. He went on to compete at the Mr Gay Ireland/Northern Ireland Competition in Dublin in 2014 and collected the sash and title of Mr Gay Northern Ireland.
From May to August 2014 Nick traveled all over Europe while competing in the Mr Gay Europe and Mr Gay World competitions. This is also where Nick met Stuart Hatton Jr! They both hit it off immediately and stuck together as best of buddies throughout the competition, a friendship that has transcended pageantry life and blossomed in to something weird, wacky and wonderful! They now both present two radio shows on Pride Radio, here they discuss everything from LGBT+ and minority’s rights to European politics all while playing the very best camp music!
Nick has relocated to Newcastle upon Tyne and completed his BSc (Hons) Degree. His company BODYWRX Rehabilitation specialises in the assessment, treatment and management of mental & physical health conditions.
Nick believes in creating and developing a positive platform for LGBT+ advocates to learn and better themselves upon. Mr Gay Europe was the first platform he used on an international level and feels the need to contribute to the future of the competition. Nick will be head of medical at MGE and will be regularly testing and liasing with each participant to ensure their best health throughout the competition.
I became active within the HIV community since my diagnosis in 2012. I found my adjustment to living with HIV difficult due to the side effects of medication, living in a deafening silence, and the incessant fear of being ‘outed’. I was determined to turn my HIV story around and make a better life for myself and others living with the condition. I set up Ireland’s first one-on-one peer support network in Ireland’s busiest sexual health clinic. I became an event organizer in the social group organization, MeetUp Plus Friends. This organization sets up events around Ireland for people living with HIV. To create a platform in which to discuss these issues I became Mr. Gay Ireland in 2014 and continue to work within the LGBT community. To further my credibility and augment my platform for HIV activism, I am currently completing a masters in Sexuality Studies. Working with various UK NGO’s such as Stop AIDS, Youth Stop AIDS, and Restless Development, I wish to use my experiences to implement effective strategies to break the stigma surrounding HIV both nationally and globally.
I am SO excited to bring my ‘Missing Medicines’ talk to Mr. Gay Europe. Being part of the MGE family has given me a great platform for HIV activism in Ireland + UK and I really want to extend this opportunity to all of you as LGBT advocates.
TV Host and the Presenter of the Finale Program
Peter is delighted to be your compere for Mr Gay Europe 2016.
His career in television, radio and theatre spans over 27 years – yes, that really is a good filter!
In 2011 Peter was asked to be Chair of Northern Pride; a not for profit LGBT charity which stages events for the community in the North East of England including Newcastle Pride. He was tasked to grow the charity and professionalise the organisation making it more commercially focused. In two years the event grew from 10,000 attendees to 28,000. He still works with Northern Pride and in subsequent years has supported the Chair to deliver his aims; helped raise over £300,000 in corporate engagement and grown the festival to 73,000 attendees – the UK’s biggest, free Pride celebration. In 2013 he was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister in recognition of his work.
In 2014 Peter joined the Made Television network as Senior Producer and Presenter. He produces/presents the networks number 1 daily magazine show, The Lowdown, which airs six days a week. In 2015 he was responsible for producing and presenting the award-winning show, Made on the Dance Floor; the UK’s first televised dance competition which welcomed mixed sex and same sex couples to compete together. This show made UK TV history when it crowned a same sex couple as its winner.
Peter is also the executive producer and host of the UK’s only live LGBTQI+ television and radio show, Made with Pride. This weekly multi-platform show broadcasts live on the Made TV network in the UK and simultaneously online as a world-wide webcast and as a radio show to 33+ countries on Pride Radio. The 90 minute programme offers a mix of news, views, entertainment, interviews, viewer interaction and has a weekly world-wide reach of 1.75million.
Peter also co-hosts the Sunday Roast Show on Pride Radio.
“I’m really excited to start interviewing all the guys and showcasing what a great event Mr Gay Europe is. It’s going to be a great competition.”
Executive Producer and Webmaster
Sometimes a testosterone laden organisation needs a woman’s touch and a female perspective. Beate has been part of the Mr Gay Europe organisation in its different incarnations since 2005, taking on a more active role since 2012. The roles have been many and they’ve been varied. She’s been photographer, delegate liaison and problem solver. She’s designed the website and been a one-woman-cheer squad, the voice of reason and a shoulder to cry on. Beate believes in equality for everyone and isn’t afraid to voice her opinion when she sees someone doing “something stupid”.
Co-Founder and Owner
Tore Aasheim is one of the co-founders of Mr Gay Europe and is now the owner of the competition and the trademark. He started off as the press liaison, then become executive producer, had the title president for a few years until he decided to skip the fancy title, asked Stuart to be the Managing Director and is now “only” the co-founder and owner.
In his daytime job Tore is working as Editor-in-Chief for a local newspaper in the Polaris Media Group in Norway. He has an international diploma in journalism and has been working in radio, TV, glossy magazines, teenage magazines, online magazines and newspapers. He is also a trained photographer. Before moving up to friendly Trøndelag in mid-Norway, Tore lived in Oslo where he among other things was the leader of the gay network of the “Socialist Leftwing party” (SV) and the council leader of the one of the districts of Oslo. After taking on the job as editor, Tore has left politics, but still thinks politics are important for human rights; gay rights in particular.