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11 Feb 2010

Ex-model and founder of MSM/HIV NGO to represent China at Mr Gay meet in Norway

One of the eight finalists is now in Oslo, Norway to represent China at the Mr Gay International pageant.

Xiao Dai (小呆), a former professional model and founder of Xinjiang Rainbow Group ( 新疆彩缘工作组), a HIV advocacy and outreach group targeting men who have sex with men, has arrived in Oslo, Norway to represent China at the Mr Gay World pageant to be held in Oslo this weekend. The event will see 24 contestants from five continents compete for the title of Mr Gay International. 

Xiao Dai (小呆), a former professional model and founder of Xinjiang Rainbow Group ( 新疆彩缘工作组), a HIV advocacy and outreach group, is now in Oslo, Norway to represent China.

Although the event which was scheduled to be held on Jan 15 was cancelled at the last minute by Beijing police due to permit issues, the 25-year-old who hails from a Muslim family in Xinjiang province was selected by a panel of judges, according to Danlan, a Chinese gay web site.

Mr Gay World 2010 director Tore Aasheim told AFP: "Chinese authorities did not want a Chinese contestant to come to Norway to take part in our pageant but thanks to the Norwegian embassy, which rushed his visa delivery, the participant arrived yesterday (Tuesday) in Oslo." 

"It is very courageous on his part to have taken the risk to leave his country to take part in an event to which Chinese authorities are hostile," Aasheim said. "In Beijing, all the contestants were gathered in one room and police clearly indicated they did not want a Chinese participation in the pageant."





Other Asian representatives at the Mr Gay World pageant:

Mr. Gay Hong Kong
Rick Dean Twombley (33)
Hobbies: Working Out, Writing, Video Editing, Choreography, Reality Television
Profession: Professional Dancer/Aerialist


Mr. Gay Philippines
David Noel Bosley (36)
Hobbies: Reading, singing, movies
Profession: Visual Merchandiser


Mr. Gay Thailand
Sorawit Piamthongkum (34)
Hobbies: Music, Movie, Cooking, Swimming and Weight Training
Profession: IT System Analyst


Reader's Comments

1. 2010-02-11 21:54  
Mr. Thailand. He's hot! :-)
2. 2010-02-12 02:06  
I do not understand why Mr. Hong Kong is a WHITE MAN? shouldn't the competitor in a pageant represent its local culture? Asian men have its own culture and unique beauty, why not show it? Shame for HK
3. 2010-02-12 02:07  
I am so glad! The country with the biggest population of gay people in the world should be represented at the Mr. Gay International pageant! My blessings to Xiao Dai in Oslo this weekend. Not only did he even skip his family reunion dinner (a long-standing tradition at the Chinese New Year) just to take part in the world pageant. He braved the Chinese government's wrath in making sure that China is represented. What admirable character! And OH! Those men in their 30's are so sexy!
4. 2010-02-12 02:12  
To #2, culture goes deeper than one's skin color. HK is a cosmopolitan city and Rick reflects that.
5. 2010-02-12 05:42  
I am so disappointed there's no Mr. Gay Taiwan...
6. 2010-02-12 11:36  
i should represent taiwan... haha
7. 2010-02-12 12:49  
Where are all the other contestants?

Oh yeah, Mr. Philippines looks cutesy!

8. 2010-02-12 15:10  
congrats Mr. China, go for it, whatever happens, just participating is a breakthrough, happy spring festival everyone
Comment #9 was deleted by its author on 2010-02-13 03:35
10. 2010-02-13 03:34  
Those who wish to watch a more fluent video of Xiaodai can go to http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/GYyjSXahq58/ . You may pause the video while it buffers then play it after the data have been fully downloaded to your computer.

I am pleased that mainland China has a contestant. As an ex-model who had been judged the most articulate provincial contestant (of Xinjiang Province) in a national man hunt in China, he has not just the looks but also the confidence and the eloquence to contest in Norway.

The most important quality he possesses, however, is his passion for LGBT activism. However, I think that the organiser should have been more politically correct by calling him Mr Mainland China. To the Chinese government, HK and Taiwan belong to China. So, the organiser should not insinuate that Taiwan and HK don't.

Xiaodai had tremendous courage by starting his LGBT activism in a very challenging environment. Xinjiang has a significant Muslim community and is located inland where the society is less exposed to the more progressive, liberal culture of the West, unlike the coastal cities of mainland China such as Shenzhen.

11. 2010-02-13 04:33  
Congratulations to Xiao Dai!!

A lesson learned here, JUST DO IT!
12. 2010-02-13 16:10  
good on you mate! you are the bes!
gong xi fa cai, xin nian kuai le!
13. 2010-02-14 00:36  
i like the thai guy
14. 2010-02-14 15:17  
Yes, congratulations to ALL of the contestants who've already shown us their admirable courage.

It is true that they're all winners, and this statement is not just a "feel good cliche". (though it DOES feel good!)

So now we know a bit more of the truth; that Chinese officials did not, in fact, want China to be represented at the Oslow event, so they enacted a precisely planned and executed strategy to attempt to prevent participation on the part of a Chinese contestant.....while making it appear plausible that it was the organizer's failure to procure the proper permits/licenses to hold the Bejing event.

I'm glad their plot failed.

Thanks to the Norwegian government for expediting his visa and also to the event organizers for making sure Xiao Dai made it to the event on time.

Good fortune to ALL the contestants, and it'll be exciting to see who comes away with the title and the tiara!

15. 2010-02-15 05:13  
The "pageant" is obviously a charade. The South African is plain and it is obvious he got this victory for political purposes.

The sexiest, cutest boy, http://www.worldwidemrgay.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=122:argentina-2010&catid=25:america&Itemid=52

didn't even get into the first 5???!!

What a bunch of shitheads those jurors must be! :-(
Comment #16 was deleted by its author on 2010-02-15 05:17
17. 2010-02-16 00:04  
The result of the Mr Gay World pageant shows that muscles are not the only thing that counts. Mr Gay South Africa may have won this year's pageant (anything to do with the2010 FIFA world cup?), but I'm most proud of Xiaodai who took the fourth place out of 24 contestants in Oslo. Rick of Hong Kong was the second runner up. This is a record for Asia, not to mention China (mainland and HK). They have to impress the judges as capable activists who speak out strongly for LGBT rights across the world. Let's hope the winners live up to the organizers' expectations to be the new faces and voices of gay rights in the world this year of the roaring tiger! Out and Proud!
18. 2010-02-16 13:14  
Mr.Gay Thailand is so hot...
19. 2010-02-16 22:58  
I'd still like to see less perfect contestants. Ripped model types only perpetuate the stereotype that gay men are shallow and only concerned with appearance. Brains, sense of humor, compassion should be qualities they look for instead of six pack abs or a chiseled face.

UGH, these contests are just as bad as Miss Universe. I guess gay men are not any smarter than straight men in a stripper bar.

All the comments above focus on Mr. Thailand being "hot"....when you are 60 years old "hot" doesn't cut it folks. How about a little more diversity ( and I don't mean race) in these meaningless contests?
20. 2010-02-18 07:53  
whether Mr HK is white or asian..doesn't matter he lives in HK. If an asian can win in the US, Canada, or UK it would be ok...though it hasn't happened. But still..
21. 2010-02-18 09:44  
I too am disappointed by not seeing an entry from Taiwan! I am in Taipei now and it seems that suitable candidates abound here. My hope is for Xiao Dai to win though since he is superlatively attractive and obviously bold and active as well. Here's hoping he is safe after returning to China or offered a safe harbour somewhere.
22. 2010-02-19 12:56  
all r great in shape.. co.ol
23. 2010-02-21 19:29  
@ Commenter 19
"I'd still like to see less perfect contestants. Ripped model types only perpetuate the stereotype that gay men are shallow and only concerned with appearance. Brains, sense of humor, compassion should be qualities they look for instead of six pack abs or a chiseled face."

Is that why your userpic is that of a ripped statuesque model(of yourself)?
24. 2010-02-22 15:36  
cool.i slept with mr thailand while he's in singapore a few times.he is so Smexy
25. 2010-02-22 19:45  
Mr gay China... hmm so sexy and hot!
26. 2010-03-18 17:23  
There will be plenty of whites over representing Gay males at the silly contest any way, white guys muscle in on every thing and try to take over, ethnically Asian guys are more often than not side lined in former white dominated countries what’s the likelihood of an ethnic Asian man being selected in Gay USA or especially in Australia the homo scene here is so racist towards them, it's a sad indictment on the selection panel in HK that they ran with a white instead of one of their own.

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