HEIHEI, MR GAY HK 2009
BENJIE, MR GAY HK 2012
JIMMY, MR GAY HK 2011
It's a rare treat to capture three of my Mr Gay Hong Kong winners in one photo. Rick, who won the very first edition in 2009, has since relocated to Atlanta. Heihei and Benjie are always here of course and have become quite the dynamic duo in the LGBT community. Jimmy, who won back in 2011, is busy with the international theatre circuit. But he's in Hong Kong for a bit before he takes off for his next gig in Singapore, so the boys took in a junk trip last weekend.
Few people know what it takes to own the Mr Gay Hong Kong title. Sure, you win it onstage on the one night you get judged on rounds of competition that include swimwear, formal wear and interview. But you own it through your work in the community for the rest of the year. I'm ecstatic that three of my boys get to hang out, even for just a hot second.
Benjie has hit the ground running, designing an IT'S OK TO BE GAY statement tee (as seen on the video below), producing MGHK TV webisodes with Heihei, and now, pioneering community involvement with the I AM ME project.
Benjie will be taking the IDAHOT stage today (3-5pm, behind Sogo in Causeway Bay) to speak out against bullying, discrimination, and all that dark, ugly, painful, unfair shit we still need to deal with.
I know we're meant to be gay, but this is the one time we're meant to get angry. It's 20 fucking 13. Let's get on with the programme, bitchiz!