Vancouver entrepreneur Thomas Egli has been crowned Mr Gay Canada 2012 and will represent the country at the Mr Gay World competition in Johannesburg, South Africa this April.
An environmentalist and owner of a research diving company, Elgi (pictured right) is also an educator with National Geographic where he takes youth on expeditions to remote parts of the world and teaches them about photography and conservation. He has also been active in helping to teach LGBTQ youth that being gay is not about stereotypes, but about self expression.
“I am honoured to serve as a much-needed positive role model for LGBT youth in Canada and around the world,” said Egli in a released statement. “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.”
Other winners during the three day competition, which concided with GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE earlier this month, included The Diversity Project’s Calan Breckon who landed the title of Mr Congeniality and Vancouver blogger Brian Webb who was awarded the People’s Choice Online Voting award.
The 2012 Mr Gay Canada competition included a swim suit appearance, fashion show, sports challenge, panel interviews, and presentation skills. OUTtv was on hand to capture it all for a documentary television show that will air later this Spring.
Visit http://www.mrgaycanada.ca for more information.