For Immediate Release


Mr. Gay World™ 2020 and 2021 postponed amid COVID-19 concerns


The president of Mr Gay World™ and local organizers of the event have opted to postpone the competition from March 2021 to 18-26 September 2021. This decision was taken due to a continuous global spike in global COVID-19 cases, continued global travel restrictions and the implementation of social distancing restrictions. The 2020 event had already been delayed due to the same reasons, scheduled to take place alongside the competition in 2021.

“We take our responsibility towards the health and safety of the delegates and all those involved with the event, including spectators, very seriously,” explained Eric Butter, president and founder of Mr Gay World™. “This is a global event and we must wait until regulations allow delegates from all countries to travel abroad.”

“We remind everyone concerned that both Mr. Gay World™ 2020 and Mr. Gay World™ 2021 will be crowned at the same event in 2021,” he continued. “The winners of both competitions will share the stage and will reign together as Mr Gay World™ 2020 and Mr Gay World™ 2021 until the next Mr Gay World™ competition takes place in 2022.”

Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Mr Gay World™ Dr Igor Scheurkogel added that they were looking forward to showcasing South Africa to the world during the week-long event. “Heritage Day takes place on Friday 24 September 2021, and we are excited to share our beautiful country’s cultural heritage with the world.”

“South Africa is my second home,” concluded Mr Butter, who is based in Sydney, Australia. “And we can’t wait to come back either. We miss the country’s formidable people who always make us feel welcome. We know that postponing these events is a disappointment to many, but the decision was not taken lightly. We look forward to hosting them both next year and will make sure to make it worth your wait.”

The annual Mr. Gay World™ competition aims to find an ambassador for the international LGBTQ+ community from a diverse range of delegates who represent the spirit of their nation and embody qualities such as confidence, self-assurance, charisma and natural leadership.


Jersey Design Competition announced


The MR GAY WORLD™ 2020/21 Limited Edition Jersey Design Competition is open to all designers; independents, design houses and design artists who are 18 years or older.

The competition opens on 1 November 2020 and designers must draw inspiration from the MR GAY WORLD™ 2020/21 lion emblem.

Entrants need not reside in South Africa, but the winner must be present at the event in Johannesburg in 2021 to receive the prize.

All participating accommodation (18 – 26 September 2021)
Selected meals
Ground Transport
VIP tickets to all MGW associated events

All transport or travel costs to/from Johannesburg
Visa and/or travel transit accommodation expenses (if applicable)

Terms and conditions apply and will be published on the website, along with the closing date for entries.


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