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Thomas Egli Crowned Mr. Gay Canada at WinterPRIDE in Whistler?

Vancouver Ecologist & Tour Leader Wins Mr. Gay Canada 2012

Mr. Gay Canada and OUTtv crowned Thomas Egli, Mr. Gay Canada 2012 in Whistler, BC to represent Canada at the Mr. Gay World Grand Finale this April.

Vancouver, BC – February 11th, 2012?? GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE hosted the fourth annual Mr. Gay Canada competition February 9-11, 2012.? Five contestants competed in the three day challenge to determine who would be the nation’s representative in the prestigious Mr. Gay World competition in Johannesburg, South Africa this April.? Thomas Egli was selected as the best candidate by the panel of judges and crowned Mr. Gay Canada 2012.

Mr. Gay Canada 2012 is far from ordinary. Thomas leads an exciting life as part international tour leader and part ecologist. Thomas has traveled extensively to spread the message of cultural understanding and environmental sustainability. This Vancouver based entrepreneur owns a research diving company where he introduces visitors to West Coast wildlife.? As an educator with National Geographic Thomas takes youth on expeditions to remote parts of the world and teaches them about photography and conservation, two of his passions. ?He also helps teach LGBT youth that being gay is not about stereotypes, but about self expression.

Thomas Egli released the following statement, “This journey has been exceptional and exciting. ?The weeks leading up to this competition and the events themselves have taught me much about myself and I have grown much more than I could have expected. ?I am honoured to serve as a much-needed positive role model for LGBT youth in Canada and around the world.? Popular media and gay culture bombard us with stereotypes which can be confusing for people who are just coming out. I want to increase awareness of the true diversity of? the LGBT community.? I also want to promote healthy lifestyles in the gay community. ?I am thankful for all of the support I’ve received from family and friends, new and old. ?The next exciting step is to prepare for the upcoming event in South Africa , where I will proudly represent Canada.”

The 2012 Mr. Gay Canada competition included a swim suit appearance, mini fashion show, sports challenge, panel interviews, and presentation skills.? OUTtv was on hand capturing the exciting challenge and will air the documentary television show later this Spring 2012.

Ken Coolen, Co-Executive Producer of Mr. Gay Canada said, “All five delegates are? incredible role models for Canada’s LGBT community and worthy of being Mr. Gay Canada.? The Judging panel was especially impressed by Thomas’ maturity and leadership.? They are confident in his ability to represent Canada’s LGBT community to the world.”

Also awarded at the February 11th ceremonies were:

Calan Breckon – Won Mr. Congeniality 2012

Brian Webb – Won People’s Choice Online Voting 2012

OUTtv is available on cable and satellite across Canada and also on outtv.ca? The OUTtv Mr. Gay Canada series will air Spring 2012.

The mission of Mr. Gay Canada (MGC) is to advance national and international gay rights through education and public performance.? MGC mentors authentic leaders who will take responsibility, not only in his own community but on a global stage, speaking out for equal rights by inspiring those around him.? MGC is a genuine and positive role model that will champion equality and diversity in the media both gay and mainstream.

For more information on Mr. Gay Canada please visit mrgaycanada.ca

2012 Mr. Gay Canada Judging Panel

The esteem panel of Judges for Mr. Gay Canada included:

Jennifer Breakspear? – Executive Director of QMUNITY – BC’s Queer Resource Centre; Barb Snelgrove – Public Relations consultant; Jackson Netto – Mr Gay Germany 2007, Mr. Gay Europe 2007; and Wayne Hartrick – Executive Director of the Men’s Health Canada

We would also like to acknowledge our special guest judges including:

Jason Stuart – Hollywood actor/Comedian; Samantha Mack – CiTR Queer FM Producer & Host; and Jimmy Wong – Mr. Gay Hong Kong 201

About Mr. Gay World ( MrGayWorld.org )
The Mr. Gay World Competition is the 21st century beauty contest where delegates represent their nation as the best spokesperson and embody the spirit of their nation.?? The delegate chosen to represent his peers on a global stage will not only have the inner beauty of confidence, self assurance, charisma and natural leadership abilities but he will also take care in his outward beauty. Click to read more…