Press Release December 2014
FROM THE MR GAY UK FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Following the recent short documentary that was published on The Guardian website on the 10th December titled, “What happened when a 30 stone man entered Mr Gay UK” the Mr Gay UK team have decided to make the following statement.
When Mr Gay UK viewed the short documentary for the first time on Monday, we were totally shocked & unaware of the situation regarding Stavros being replaced as the London heat winner.
Following our investigations we would like to make it clear in 2012 there was not an official representative from Mr Gay UK in attendance at the London heat and that the judges and audience decision appears to have been overturned at the venue without our knowledge.
Thomas Wales, Mr Gay UK Project Manager who took over the role in 2013 commented that “This has highlighted improvements which need to be made for next year’s competition, 2015 which entries will be opening soon".
Mr Gay UK strives to endorse equality and encourages diversity and positive searches for a good role model for our community and beyond. The Mr Gay UK team are disgusted by the treatment Stavros has received and do not condone this at all.
The current organisers of Mr Gay UK have not been contacted by any of the press outlets in order to comment on the issue.
We would like to extend our apology to Stavros for this terrible decision, had we been made aware we would have objected.
The current Mr Gay UK Stuart Hatton, who's Mr Gay UK title has been extended for another year as a result of him winning Mr Gay World has offered via Twitter to meet up with Stavros for a photoshoot. Mr Hatton is unconnected with the 2012 event but in his role as a diversity champion and LGB&T ambassador he feels that it is his duty.