Klaus Burkart, a 21-year-old milk technician from Germany, has won the title Mr Gay World 2015 in South Africa at the weekend.
He faced a week of various activities and challenges in the elaborate Mr Gay World 2015 competition, facing stiff competition from guys hailing from across the globe. It’s a beauty pageant, but contestants must prove their worth in charity activities, sports, art and speech tasks also.
Burkart says he would like to be a role model for young gay men, to help them with their coming out and also change young people’s opinion of homosexuality.
“I would like to lead the world to a point where it is not essential to even have a coming out,” he adds.
He says he’s planning a campaign to visit schools and talk about how to avoid bullying and gay bashing.
“It is my dream to share my campaign with delegates and supporters all over the world. I would really like to work together with them to create similar campaigns adapted for their own countries.”
Mr Gay World 2015 – Klaus Burkart (Germany)
1st runner-up – Troy Michael Jonsson (Iceland)
2nd runner-up – Jordy De Smedt (Belgium)
3rd runner-up – Tomi Lappi (Finland)
4th runner-up – Emmanuel Mass Luciano (Hong Kong)
Art Challenge – Siyathokoza Thabani Khumalo (Zambia)
Mr Photogenic – Jesus Martin Márquez (Spain)
Sport – Carl Anton Ljungberg (Sweden)
Social Media – Jordy De Smedt (Belgium)
Written Test – Klaus Burkart (Germany)
National Costume – Gabriel Jesus Naal Hernandez (Mexico)
People’s Choice – Wayne Grech (Malta)
Swimwear – Scott Fletcher (Australia)
Congeniality – Jorge Escribano Pelaez (Colombia)
Fashion – Jesus Martin Márquez (Spain)