Alan Godfrey and Stuart Rayment are one step closer to getting a free trip to Canada next year after taking out heat two of the Mr Gay Sydney competition.

The two men were put through to the finals after a tight round of judging at the Flinders Hotel on Sunday night.

The competition is now on a two-week hiatus and will return for the final heat on Friday, 24 October from 8pm at the Flinders.

Alan and Stuart will join heat one winners Matt Johnston-Page and Lex Van Netten in the finals next month. The overall winner will go on to compete in the Mr Gay Australia competition in Sydney in November.

My Gay Australia organiser Russell Harrower said the competition was about finding the best Australian ambassador for the Mr Gay International competition, not just the man who looked best in a pair of swimmers.

It’s about creating a positive image of gay men, not just for a bunch of queens who look hot. It’s to show there are all different types of gays, not just what you see in the media, Harrower told Sydney Star Observer.

We’re all different, we all have something to offer. If you’ve got smarts, that will help because we want more than just -˜world peace’ responses.

Harrower hopes Australia could take out the Mr Gay International competition for the first time, so professional photographs of all the finalists will be taken at iconic locations, such as the Sydney Opera House or Harbour Bridge, rather than the traditional half-naked bedroom shots.

They say sex sells, but we want to show Australia. We have to do our own thing, it has to be Australian, Harrower said.

In the local competition, there will also be sections for casual wear, swimwear, and formal wear.
The winner of Mr Gay Australia will get flights to Whistler, Canada, accommodation and $1000 spending money to enter the Mr Gay International. Other prizes include tanning, and accommodation at the Diamant Boutique hotel in Sydney.

info: Entry forms can be found at www.mrgayaustralia.com.au, the Flinders Hotel and at Aussie Boys on Oxford St.

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