Two of the world’s largest gay contests are joining forces to combine beauty and brawn in Antwerp, Belgium next year.

Mr Gay World (MGW), a global beauty pageant for gay men and the World Outgames sporting competition will collaborate for the first time for the 12-day celebration.

The event will be held July 31 – August 11, marking the fifth annual MGW contest and the third World Outgames.

Comprising 35 sports, the Outgames will also present cultural events and human rights forums, including a human rights conference.

The last Outgames was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009 while this year’s MGW contest took place in Johannesburg, South Africa this month.

MGW president Eric Butter and World Outgames Antwerp 2013 co-founder Jerko Bozikovic said they were proud to work together on the event.

INFO: www.woga2013.org and www.mrgayworld.org

PICTURED: Contestants in this year’s Mr Gay World competition. Photo: MrGayWorld/MrGayEurope

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