U.S. Marine Wins Mr. Gay World USA
The few and the proud, indeed!
A U.S. Marine was crowned Mr. Gay World USA this past weekend--and he did it in full uniform (and a little less!)
According to Gay Star News:
Matthew Simmons, from Nevada, won the beauty pageant contest and will go on to compete for the title of Mr Gay World.
During the competition, he stripped down to his speedos and posed in his uniform.
Simmons said: ‘I dream to inspire my peers to overcome the tough obstacles in their life and strive to be the best person they can, never giving up on their dreams and never losing sight of who they are.
‘Traveling to and living in many foreign countries for the better part of my childhood has allowed me to gain a respect for people living in other parts of the world that may not be as fortunate as many Americans are.
‘I believe this makes me relatable to a diverse range of men, giving them someone they can easily look up to.’
Simmons beat out 25 contestants from across the country to win the title and will represent the United States at Mr Gay World in Belgium on 4 August.
Considering that two years ago, Simmons wouldn't have been able to be out of the closet, much less wear his Marine uniform on stage in a gay male beauty pageant, we'd say this is progress.
Good luck in Belgium, Matthew!!