Mr Gay UK 2012
The search is over and Mr Gay UK 2012 has been crowned.
On Saturday 29th September 2012, Mission 2 in Leeds played host to the Grand Final of the male beauty contest which has been running for almost 20 years.
The celebrity judging panel included this year’s Dancing on Ice winner, and Emmerdale star, Matthew Wolfenden, professional footballer Luke Steele formerly of Manchester United and now the Barnsley goal keeper. Bafta award winning TV Writer, Daran Little known for his work in Coronation Street, Eastenders and Made in Chelsea, completed the panel.
The evening was hosted by Hollyoaks Actor, Leon Lopez who introduced the 6 gorgeous finalists, who had been chosen by the public from over 220 applicants from throughout the UK.
The winner was Leroy Williamson aged 27, from Sheffield who is a Manager of a charity who support LGBT young people.
When asked how he felt after winning the title Leroy said “I feel really good. I’ve had loads of message of congratulations. First of all I was a bit shocked, I didn’t think I was going to win then I was over the moon and I came off stage and went up to everyone who had been cheering for me and they jumped all over me I was really really happy."
I’ve been attacked both physically and verbally for being gay and ended up in hospital on one occasion. I was in town with my Mum and someone hit me in the face. My eye is still damaged as a result. I fell to the floor had blood all over me and my eyes were swollen. I had to get the nerves in the side of my face checked out.”
“I didn’t report it to the police at the time but I wish I had done and got something done about it. I think people should always report it so that the authorities are aware of where it’s happening so it goes further and they take it seriously."
“I go to meetings where they say homophobia is not an issue but if you talk to young people there are still lots of people suffering attacks.”
“I want to be like a positive role model for gay men and also I want to be an ambassador to gay people and hopefully try and make a difference to people’s views. How they view gay people.”
Leroy is available for interviews by contacting Terry@Mrgayuk.co.uk or 08701 22 11 66