by Melanie Nathan, April 08, 2012
Congratulations to New Zealand for winning Mr. Gay World 2012, held this past week in South Africa and culminating in a packed finale. Yes my prediction was correct after seeing the man’s man, Andreas Derleth, win the sports challenge, I knew he would be first. Now the contestant from New Zealand takes the Title, Mr. Gay World, 2012.
Second place went to a deserving South African elected official, Lance Weyer with third place to Rémy Fréjaville, from France, an amazing position for a first time participation by that country!
A big congratulations to South Africa and Coenie Kukkuk for a successful Mr. Gay World.
Twenty some years ago, South Africa, a bedrock of discrimination under the abhorrent Apartheid laws, would have been the last place on earth one could have imagined a competition of this nature.
Now South Africa boasts one of the few all inclusive Constitutions in the world, where it is illegal to discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and where it is perfectly legal to marry a same gender partner.
The country is still problematic with a high crime rate, high unemployment, high incidence of rape, failure by the administration to deliver basic services and much needed education to thwart homophobia.
Yet there is a lot to be said for the framework, especially on a continent where homosexuality is criminalized. The hope that events such as this will instill pride and understanding. Perhaps the ruling ANC will eventually elect a worthy leader. President Zuma has failed to take leadership on the issue of sexual minority human rights in Africa and has failed the most needy of his people.
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