(Blogmensgo, gay blog of August 10, 2016) After several days of summer vacation, our blog returns with the results of the “Mister Gay Europe 2016” elections.
At the end of a one-week election process in the Norwegian city of Oppdal, 22-year-old Raf Van Puymbroeck from Belgium won the title of Mister Gay Europe, following Jack Johannson from Sweden who had won the title in 2014. The elections did not take place last year.
Only 10 candidates participated in this year’s competition. France, Switzerland, Germany and Portugal were not represented this year.
The director general of the organization, Stuart Hatton Jr., emphasized that the results of the election had never been so tight and unpredictable.
The nomination video will be available over the coming days and weeks.
It looks like the winners of the Mister Gay Europe competition are getting younger and younger: Raf is only 22, and the previous winner from Sweden was only 20 when he won the election.
Living in the Flemish city of Vosselaar near Antwerp, Raf Van Puymbroeck is a sports and dance instructor, which is why he is actively involved in fighting against homophobia in sports. He also wants to use his media exposure to support LGBT refugees and transgender people, as he explains in the following video clip.
Right after winning the Mister Gay Europe elections, Raf went to the Netherlands in order to participate in the Amsterdam Gay Pride the very next day. He wants to focus on many other activities and actions for the LGBTI community.
The highly active participation of the city of this year’s competition was particularly remarkable: One of the tasks for the candidates was a “job interview” in front of a committee including the mayor and deputy mayor of Oppdal.
Frank-S / MensGo
(Via a notification e-mail from Mister Gay Europe of August 6, 2016)