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Meet Mr Gay China, A Breakthrough Title
For the first time ever, the international Mr Gay World competition has named a contestant as “Mr Gay China.” 27-year-old Meng Fanyu emerged victorious after a month of events and performances, becoming the LGBTQ face for a nation still lagging in equal rights.
While same-sex relationships were decriminalized in China almost a decade ago, most of the country’s LGBTQ community remains closeted. In fact, according to Pink News, many of the competitors in China’s Mr Gay competition were not out, illustrating the tensions in the country between growing visibility and state oppression within the LGBTQ community.
Meng Fanyu is something of a rarity in China. He is vocal and visible about his sexuality. He also views his win as an opportunity to raise awareness of China’s LGBT community.
“Many people don’t really know what LGBT is,” he said, “and coming out can still be difficult, so you really have to prove yourself to be an upstanding person.”
Mr Gay China: Navigating LGBT Laws
The first Mr Gay China competition was actually set to occur in 2010, but was shut down for failure to “follow correct procedures.” By shifting the focus of the competition toward “being healthy, positive and energetic,” organizers were able to avoid another shutdown. Organizers were also careful to note that the competition had nothing to do with politics. They said it was solely intended as a “fun event.”
Still, it is difficult not to notice the political climate in which the competition occurred. China’s LGBT community has no legal protections in place, and cultural norms are generally anti-LGBT. Government policies further enforce stereotypes and negative attitudes. In March, China banned depictions of same-sex relationships from television and blocked streaming of a gay-focused television show, Addicted.
The fact that Mr Gay China was allowed to go off without a hitch may be a positive signal for the country’s LGBT community. Meng Fanyu’s attendance at the Mr Gay World competition will shine a spotlight on China’s gay community.
And within the business world, large investments in LGBT-centered companies in China like Grindr and Blued have begun to signal change. China’s largely closeted LGBT community may be able to live more openly.
When that change occurs, the community will already have one face on the world stage, and Meng Fanyu seems prepared to be LGBT China’s ambassador as he prepares for the Mr Gay World competition.
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