Icelander Comes In Fifth In Mr. Gay World Competition - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelander Comes In Fifth In Mr. Gay World Competition

Published May 7, 2015

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Troy Michael

An Icelander who wants to lift the ban on blood donations from homosexuals went to fifth place in the Mr. Gay World competition. This is the highest ranking an Icelander has achieved in the seven-year history of the competition.

“I am extremely happy with the result,” Troy Michael told Vísir. “Of course I would have liked to have won, but when I got out there and saw how talented everyone was, I didn’t even think I’d make it into the top ten.”

In the course of the competition, Troy told attendees that if he won, he would fight to see lifted the current ban on gay men from donating blood. The proposal was met with a standing ovation, he said.

“I’m nowhere near perfect,” Troy wrote on Facebook. “I enjoy the fact that I have flaws because I’m constantly pushing myself to be better.. I want to prove to the World that Mr. Gay World is not a beauty competition or a competition to elect the most fit and beautiful gay man on earth. This is a prestigious competition that brings together gay rights activist from all around the world in order to elect a person who has what it takes to raise equality to the next level. I don’t need a 6 pack of abs to do that. I’m blessed to be on the World stage with amazing guys from across the globe.”

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