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Sweden and Norway, the Hosts of Mister Gay Europe 2016
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of June 8, 2016) After a gap of one year, the Mister Gay Europe competition will take place again this year between July 29 and August 5, 2016. The first part will take place in Sweden beginning on July 29, and the finals will be held in Norway on August 5. In between, the contestants of this “beauty pageant” will travel throughout Scandinavia and present themselves.
Who will follow the Mister Gay Europe 2014, the Swede Jack Johansson? Participants may still register for this competition until June 30, 2016.
The first seven contestants on the Mister Gay Europe website (screenshot).
The first seven candidates (see screenshot above) are already known. The other contestants will be chosen in national competitions.
A new rule this year allows direct candidates from countries that do hold official national competitions. Although no particular countries are mentioned, we may safely assume that this focuses on rather Muslim countries (Albania, Turkey) or very homophobic states (Serbia, Russia).
Why the split between Sweden and Norway? One reason is a new rule set by the organizers that allows the competition to be held in a country that has not presented an official candidate.
As the last winner was Swedish, the choice of Sweden was rather logical. The organizers of Mister Gay Europe have chosen the dates of the competition to coincide with Stockholm Pride, which is held from July 25 to 31.
An official press release states that all candidates and delegates are invited to participate in Stockholm Pride. It is not clear whether they will be on a float or just present as spectators.