Mr. Gay Philadelphia Crowns Its First-Ever Trans Winner!
A massive congratulations goes out to Lou Cutler for winning the 2014 Mr. Gay Philadelphia contest over the weekend, and for making history while doing it.
LGBT Philly history was made last night when Lou Cutler, 33, was crowned the very first transgender Mr. Gay Philadelphia. He took the crown and sash in the wee hours of the morning at a competition at Field House hosted by local party promoters Bruce Yelk and Josh Schonewolf.
“It means a lot to me. … It’s kind of hard to be a gay trans man sometimes. … But I’m very proud of who I am, and I’ve worked very hard to become who I am. This, in some sense, is a dream come true for me. To be able to be part of this community, and also represent my own community—and to just be visible. It’s important for me to be out and visible as gay and trans, to show the community that not every trans person is the same.”
Fourteen contestants showed up to compete for the prize, showing their stuff in a casual and swimsuit round, then answering a series of questions from judges. Besides looking dapper in both clothing rounds, Cutler stood out for his positive, fun-loving personality. He didn't blink an eye in the Q&A round when he was asked one of the sillier questions out of the bunch: "How big is [host] Brittany Lynn's penis?" (The answer? As big as you want it to be.)