Mr Gay UK 2013
On Saturday 30th November 2013, Mission 2 in gayleeds played host to the Grand Final of Britain's biggest, most wide spread gay men's beauty contest. It's a contest that has been running for almost 20 years now, it is of course Mr Gay UK!
The celebrity judging panel consisted of GT (Gay Times) Assistant Editor Lee Dalloway and Editorial Assistant Ryan Butcher, Mr Gay UK 2012 Leroy Williamson, gayleeds.com Co-Editor Ross McCusker and Swedish Pop Star Jan George.
The evening was hosted by MrGayUK Director, Terry George who introduced the 9 gorgeous finalists, who had been chosen by the public from over 250 applicants from throughout the UK (this year digitally via social networking sites).
At midnight on the night of the final Stuart Hatton 28 from South Shields was chosen by the judges and crowned Mr Gay UK 2013.
Stuart is the co-principal at his family dance studios, The Hatton Academy of Dance. When asked how he felt about winner the title of MrGayUK he said: “It feels amazing to be Mr Gay UK and I’m very proud to bring the title to the North East for the first time. He added "I hope I can be a role model for the gay community throughout the UK.”
Mr Gay UK 2013 Project Manager Thomas Wales told us how proud he was to bring the contest into the 21st Century by giving the public the power to choose their finalists instead of having the live national heats. Thomas said that "Stuart is a prime example of the diversity that giving the public the power to choose their Mr Gay UK finalists, it proves that you don't have to be a gay stereotype to win this contest. He hot, intelligent, caring and all round genuine guy".
Look out for Mr Gay UK 2014 because it could be you!