“We want to turn the competition into a showcase that uses gay for good,” said Jarl Haugedal. “The Mr. Gay World USA competition is a prime example of activism meets entertainment and we are so proud to see each of the competitors stick to their platforms and grow as individuals.”
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The pageant was taped so that it can be aired as a future television special. Producers are shopping the project, establishing solid inquiries and negotiations.
“We’ve taped other shows in the past that have done successfully overseas,” said Billy. “We are eager to bring this pageant to the U.S. market and continue building our product and entertain while advocating the LGBT community.”
The pageant also listed a string of celebrity performances and appearances; including, Eurovision pop diva Hera Björk, The New York City Gay Men's Chorus, singer Dimitri Minucci, and rapper Troy Michael.
Guest judges also included Lenay Dunn, host of MTV’s “Ten on Top” and Fuerte Men’s publisher Sidney Alvarez.
“All of the contestants truly reflect how we are moving forwarded in an era of equality and acceptance. We have many strides to continue on this path and Matthew will represent the United States in a fashion that will make us all proud,” said Alvarez.
The 1st runner up was Damien Rogers representing New York and second runner was awarded to Benn Mendoza of California. For more information you can log on to www.MrGayWorldUSA.com.
MORE ON MATTHEW SIMMONS
This is not the first time Matthew’s military passed has publically surfaced in the LGBT community. In 2010, according to the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, then Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew W. Simmons was an active-duty member of the Marine Corps when he took leave to appear in several pornographic all male videos.
“I’ve made some decisions in my past that don’t necessarily reflect the person that I am. But what I have to do now is look forward and continue on a path of courage and commitment. I hope to use my experiences to help others make appropriate decisions for themselves and to use my story as an example to reach encouraging outcomes,” said Simmons.
In some of the adult videos, Simmons, was shown wearing his Marine dress blue coat, complete with decorations and rank insignia. Simmons pleaded guilty to charges of misusing his uniform, but in it’s ruling the court set aside part of those convictions because Simmons never wore the complete uniform. The court instead ordered that he be resentenced under the charge of “general neglect or disorder.”
THE COURTS OFFICIAL RULING:
“We are also not satisfied, on the basis of this record, that the appellant’s statements or wear of uniform items may create an inference of service endorsement of the activities depicted. The appellant never wore a complete ‘uniform,’ so the general public could never receive ‘visual evidence of the authority and responsibility vested in the individual by the United States Government.’ He did not voice any Marine support for what he was doing or any service views on the propriety or impropriety of his conduct.”
Simmons wants to take his message of encouragement and tie it with his global LGBT platform as he prepares to compete for the Mr. Gay World Competition.
“I serve as a role model and have to be very conscious of the fact that I’ve done some things in my past which I take complete responsibility. “This is a learning and teachable moment and I want to use this opportunity to help others be better people in their own right,” concluded Simmons.
Mr. Gay World 2013
July 31 – August 5