Out and proud hopefuls strut their stuff in bid to become first Mr Gay Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 November, 2009, 12:00am

Fortunately for the six contestants in the first Mr Gay Hong Kong pageant, they didn't have to parade in their Speedos, because it started to get quite chilly last Friday night. Beyond feeling cold, those of you who used to watch Seinfeld know what that can do to your manhood. Anyway, the out and proud hopefuls were introduced to the media and the gay happy hour at Club 97 last weekend ahead of the event, which takes place at the end of the month. The candidates are (from left) Manila native Ziggy Bautista, performer Rick Twombley, gay activist Billy Leung, who helped launch a legal challenge against the city's anti-sodomy law five years ago, Aids Concern staffer Joe Leung, 30-year-old Gilbert Cheng and 31-year-old Jason Tang, who recently returned from Toronto.

Between now and the grand final on November 28 at the Lan Kwai Fong Bar (formerly California), the boys will cruise various clubs at weekends to parade themselves and try to build interest in this daring endeavour, at least for conservative Hong Kong. Among the judges confirmed for the event are designer Barney Cheng Siu-lung, nightclub impresario Colette Koo and public relations man Paul Hicks. RTHK DJ Brian Leung Siu-fai will be the host. Tickets in advance are HK$180, and HK$220 at the door.