Following the resignation of Mr Gay World™ 2021 Louw Breytenbach from South Africa, the organisation is delighted to announce that first runner-up Joel Rey Carcasona from the Philippines will take over the role for the remainder of the reign.
This will see both of the concurrent titleholders represent the same country after Kodie Macayan from the Philippines won Mr Gay World™ 2020.
Carcasona is 28 years old from the central Philippines region of Cebu City, is a registered nurse and wants to be an advocate for health, especially to the LGBTQ+ community.
In the Mr Gay World™ 2021 competition, Carcasona was successful in taking out the Social Media Presence category and performed strongly enough in all other areas to see him ranked second initially and now taking over the title.
Speaking about the announcement, Carcasona said he was incredibly humbled to be given this opportunity.
“I would firstly like to express my sincerest thanks to Louw Breytenbach for his work in his
time as Mr Gay World™,” Carcasona said.
“I look forward to using my new profile to push for my advocacy which is universal health care and welfare of the people especially the LGBTQ+ community since it’s very timely, especially now that we are still in the clutches of the pandemic.
“Helping people provide the right information and encouraging my fellow health care workers to wear rainbow pins, badges, or lanyards so we could have a friendlier, happier, and most of all, a healthier community. I look forward to working with Mr Gay World™ 2020 and fellow Philippino Kodie Macayan both here at home but also in all parts of the world.”
The concurrent titleholders will work closely with the Gay World Foundation NPC to help spread the word and raise valuable funds for LGBTQ+ organisations across the globe for the next 12 months or until the next Mr Gay World™ is conducted.