Tore Aasheim is co-founder of Mr Gay Europe and now the 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. Before moving up to Trøndelag in mid-Norway, Tore lived in Oslo where he was 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.
Stuart Hutton Jr is two times winner of Mr Gay UK, Mr Gay Europe Runner Up and Mr Gay World winner. Along with his broadcasting training he is also running a professional dance studio in Newcastle, UK. Stuart understands the role of “the delegate” because he has been in their shoes and he also understands the role of management; therefore he brings on board “best of both worlds” as The Managing Director of Mr Gay Europe.
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”.
Nick believes in activism and avocation for gender and sexuality rights. On many occasions he has been spotted lobbying MP’s and working with the Missing Medicines campaign fighting against Pharmaceutical capitalism for HIV medications.
Nick has relocated to Newcastle upon Tyne and is currently studying his MSc Physiotherapy 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. Nick will be head of medical at MGE and will be regularly testing and liaising with each participant to ensure their best health throughout the competition.
Robbie Lawlor became active within the HIV community since his diagnosis in 2012. He found his 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”. He was determined to turn his HIV story around and make a better life for himself and others living with the condition. Working with various UK NGO’s such as Stop AIDS, Youth Stop AIDS, and Restless Development, he wishes to use his experiences to implement effective strategies to break the stigma surrounding HIV both nationally and globally. In addition to being the delegate liaison Robbie brings his “Missing Medicines” talk to Mr Gay Europe. The seminar is open to both the delegates and the public in general.
Joni gained the title of Mr Gay England back in 2016 and came first runner-up in Mr Gay Europe 2016 in Oppdal Norway. Since the competition Joni became the LGBT ambassador for a charity called “If you care share”. A non government funded charity. Joni puts himself through physical and strenuous challenges to raise to money for the charity. He also educates young children about mental health issues informing them that “It’s okay not to be okay” to raise awareness through the generations. Joni is also a co-host for Out and Proud Around the World Pride radio. If you meet Joni, he is all about fun and laughs and a little bit of a Prankster!
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