Namibia: Entries for Mr Gay Namibia Open

The objective of the annual pageant is to fearlessly build interaction between mainstream culture and the contemporary gay scene. It also aims to promote equality, tolerance, understanding and an authentic enjoyment of Namibia's cultural diversity.

Recognising that there's more than one way to be a man, Mr Gay Namibia was launched officially in August 2011 as a clarion call to unite the country's gay men in presenting a fun, festive and friendly image of the gay community in Namibia.

Pageant director Wendelinus Hamutenya said the theme for this year's event is 'Duniya' - which is a word used in 130 different languages in Africa, referring to "the whole earth and everything in it." "The pageant seeks to offer a platform for all gay men 'in the Duniya' to truly empower themselves," said Hamutenya.

Hamutenya and the team will visit the 14 regions countrywide to audition contestants in different towns. "We are aware of the challenges that these men can be facing to come to Windhoek, so we have decided to go to them."

Hamutenya said the pageant's focus for its contestants is to enhance the inner and outer beauty of modern gay men while they gain self-confidence and passion within themselves, thus, the slogan is 'I Am Handsome'.

"The winner is a fine, fit and youthful specimen of manhood who is a confident and articulate ambassador of the country's gay populace. The winner will also have the opportunity to represent Namibia at the annual Mr Gay World pageant," said Hamutenya who will accompany the winner to the pageant in New York.

Mr Gay Namibia is organised by Rights For All Movement (RAM) which was established in March 2012 and officially registered in 2017.

Entries are open until 10 November. Entry forms are available at Out Right Namibia's (ORN) head offices in Windhoek West and RAM's head office in the Southern Industrial Area. Contact Hamutenya at 081 201 5200 or mrgaynamibia250@gmail.com for more information.

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