Mr Gay England is crowned Mr Gay Europe
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It’s good news for the UK, as Mr Gay England has officially won Mr Gay Europe, while Mr Gay Scotland took third place and Mr Gay Wales came fourth.
Matt Rood, a professional dog trainer from Brighton, won the competition on Saturday 5th August, claiming the title as Stockholm Pride came to its end.
Initially, Rood hadn’t been performing too well, coming in second in the preliminary interview, the photo and the sports challenges, third in the written test and fourth in an online vote. However, his chances soon improved, as he managed to come first in both the Social Media Challenge and ‘My Project’ challenge.
The Young winner seemed pleased with the victory, posting on twitter:
I am totally honoured and proud to have won Mr Gay Europe 2017 and bring the title home to ENGLAND pic.twitter.com/XxNJf37OFi— Mr Gay Europe (@MrGayEurope) August 8, 2017
Prior to winning Rood explained that if he won he hoped to use the platform of Mr Gay Europe “to help promote equality in the adoption and fostering services”.
Rood also had something to say to anyone who assumed the competition was little more than a beauty competition, telling Metro “they are so wrong!”
According to Rood to even be able to compete “you had to be a cultured gay man – basically, you had to learn all gay lifestyle, gay law, gay rights within Europe, all your European cities and presidents etc. and then you have to show how you’re making a difference in the LGBT+ community”.