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  • Writer's pictureDean Nelson, (he/him) CTC, LLD

Mr Gay Canada Danny Papadatos says farewell

Mr Gay Canada 2013 Danny Papadatos says farewell

I wish I even knew where to start to describe my year as Mr. Gay Canada. Through all my trials and tribulations, I can honestly and whole-heartedly define this experience as the most enlightening experience of my life. I started this journey insecure and unaware of the issues and events that affect our community on a daily basis. I realized quickly that in order to be someone that people could look up to I needed to be someone people didn't look down at. I re-evaluated my life and priorities and found that for years I was consumed with the need to be someone that I thought I was, all while knowing the person I was supposed to be.

During the Mr. Gay World competition we were privy to take part in the International Human Rights Conference where we sat in on discussions varying in topics from pride celebrations, sexual health, and diversity in the workplace.  The police department of Antwerp, Belgium put us through their police training for our "sports challenge" and after climbing buildings, lugging dummies on stretchers, obstacle courses and firearms I was proud to have placed 5th. The part of the competition I must say that I could not be more grateful for, was the opportunity to meet some of the finest men the world had to offer. They were smart, strong and dedicated. Each man a different story, but a common understanding and appreciation of where this world could be if we all would use our hearts and heads and stand up for what's right. These fine men gave me the honour and title of Mr. Gay World Congeniality 2013 and that to me is a title that I think suits me and Canada just fine.

So far, in my term as Mr. Gay Canada, I have had the opportunity to push my personal boundaries and dive deeper into the world and community around me.. I was able to finally see a bigger picture. I now have a better grasp of the where I stand in this world and the power that one voice can have. It's been said that you only have one chance; this is my third. Thank you to the Mr Gay Canada organization for this amazing opportunity and here's to the future.

Danny Papadatos

Mr. Gay Canada 2013

Mr. Gay World Congeniality 2013

Are you interested in participating in season six of Mr. Gay Canada?   

Apply today! (applications closed)


Winnipeg's Fame Nightclub Hosts the 2nd Annual Mr Gay Canada Manitoba!

The search for the next Mr Gay Canada continues as Fame Nightclub in Winnipeg hosts the Mr Gay Canada Manitoba on Friday October 18th.  Delegates will compete to win a trip to Whistler British Columbia to represent the great province of Manitoba and compete to be Mr Gay Canada 2014!

The Grande Finale event will be hosted by Winnipeg's own Cheron Sharealike with special performances by Alura Mahn and Mr Gay Winnipeg 2012, Jonathan Kindzierski.  See the guys strut their stuff and answer skill testing questions as local LGBT leaders score to find the best delegate to be the next Mr Gay Manitoba. The competition will also include the delegates participating in a public speaking event at the Rainbow Resource Centre as they speak to Peer Project 4 Youth.

APPLY HERE (applications closed).


Early Booking Deals for WinterPRIDE 2014 End November 15

Book by Nov. 15 and Save at Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler Pride and Ski Festival WinterPRIDE

Winter appears to have arrived early in Whistler with the current storm system transforming the alpine with a massive blanket of snow sending the village into a frenzy of excitement for #WinterIsComing!  Are you ready?  Opening day on Whistler is scheduled for November 28th.  Remember to plan ahead and lock in your Winter escapes and for WinterPRIDE by November 15th for the best deals of the season. WinterPRIDE hotels are:  Aava Whistler, Coast Blackcomb Suites, ResortQuest, Hilton Whistler Resort, Pan Pacific Whistler, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. WinterPRIDE festival passes on sale now.  Come to Whistler this year and celebrate with us, the perfect engagement, stag, stagette, wedding and/or honeymoon destination holiday! We are eager to help make your getaway extra special and happy to ensure you and your guests have the best time ever.  Plan ahead and book your vacation  online or call 1.866.787.1966

WinterPRIDE 2014 at Whistler Blackcomb - whistler pride and ski festival


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