Mr Gay steps down

The Mr Gay World contestant from Zimbabwe has pulled out of the competition citing personal reasons but organisers praised the “brave stand” he had taken by coming so far. Taurai Zhanje announced he would not be competing at the weekend.

“We are sad to lose Taurai, but in Africa, the personal sacrifice for gay and human rights is sometimes too much to expect from people,” Mr Gay World’s Director for Africa, Coenie Kukkuk, said.

Kukkuk added that while efforts would be made to replace Taurai, the political climate for gay men along with gay women, bisexuals and trans people made it unlikely another African contestant would step forward.

The 2012 Mr. Gay World competition will be held in Johannesburg from 4 to 8 April.

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