Delegates from across Europe are en route to Stockholm in Sweden for a week of activities and challenges leading up to the announcement of Mr. Gay Europe on Saturday night.
The 12 delegates are spread far a wide for the competition being held for the 11th time and involving countries such as Ireland, Wales, and England through to Belgium, Germany and Czech Republic.
Strangely enough, the finale is being held in Sweden as part of Stockholm pride week and yet there is no delegate from Sweden.
The delegates will be put through their paces from Tuesday with a welcome meeting and presentations of their individual projects.
Throughout the week they will complete workshops, tests, and experiences before being presented at the Stockholm pride parade on Saturday before the announcement is made.
The public can also vote for their favourite online with voting already underway. Visit the voting page here to choose your star country delegate.
TV personality in the US and gay rights activist Austin Armacost will join the judging panel for the 2017 competition.
Austin is an international cover model, TV personality, gay rights activist and a recent two-time Celebrity Big Brother All Star.
Adding to Austin’s list of accomplishments in the television world is his accomplishments in the fight for equality and justice around the world.
In 2010 Austin joined the fight against the (Defense Of Marriage Act) in the United States.
“I am looking for a delegate that can be a wonderful role model for our community,” said Armacost.
“In Europe, although widely accepted, we still have a battle until every LGBT person is recognized and protected under the law.”
Armacost joins former Mr. Gay World Stuart Hatton Jr, Co-founder of Mr. Gay Europe Tore Assheim and former Mr. Gay World India Sushant Divgikar amongst the judging panel.
The Mr. Gay Europe competition strives for a fun, educating and enlightening, safe, happy and positive event where gay men of all ages can make friends, build networks and help create the new gay generation – our future.
For more information visit www.mrgayeurope.com
To find out more about the delegates and vote in the public vote go here.