UPDATE: Beijing police have shut down the pageant.
Beijing will host the very first “Mr. Gay China 2010” pageant next friday to kick off what will hopefully be a good year for LGBT awareness and rights in China. The event, scheduled for January 15, is just a few weeks after Hong Kong’s first gay pageant, and will provide the winner a trip to Olso to compete for the title of Mr. Gay World Ambassador.
So what will the pageant include? Well, pretty much everything that regular beauty pageants do: the The Independent has a breakdown from Ben Zhang, founder of gayographic.org, the organizer of Mr. Gay China 2010
There will be sportswear and swimsuit segments, a Q&A session, and a panel of judges will select the winner based on overall performance,” Zhang said.
The pageant will be open to anyone who lives in China – local or foreign, and contestants can apply online, he said.
Unfortunately, it’s too late to sign up for the contest, but you can still browse the candidates, find out about mixers and other events in the days before, or even purchase tickets to the event on the Mr. Gay China website– if you want to make the trek to Beijing, that is. All in all, we’re pretty impressed with the concept of a gay pageant in the PRC: China has come a long way since it stopped defining homosexuality as a mental disease nearly ten years ago.