When the first Mr Gay Handsome Nepal took place in late 2013 in Kathmandu, it was a milestone event and a first for South Asia. After a hiatus of four years, the gay mens pageant invites applicants to apply for Mr Gay Handsome Nepal 2017. The title winner from 2013 Bishwaraj Adhikari spoke to Pahichan Media to promote the upcoming competition and stated that it not only focused on handsome Nepali gay men but is also looking for Nepali gay men who will take on the responsibility to champion gay rights in the country as well as being involved in generating awareness of the LGBTIQ movement. Mr Gay Handsome 2013 Bishwaraj has worked with sexuality and sexual health and is a prominent figure in panel discussions focusing on the related topic.
With many people still clueless about the different sexual orientations, I definitely see no problem in having a mens pageant focusing solely on gay men. Unsurprisingly, many people that I’ve talked to think that even a gay man is a person who wants to be a woman and chooses to dress up as a woman. This incorrect understanding will only be cleared with the presence of gay men in the public sphere, positive representation and education. Whilst the law in Nepal may be progressive and accepting of same-sex relations, much work needs to be continued in reaching out to closeted LGBTIQ people and providing them mental support and guidance.
Mr Gay Handsome Nepal backed by Blue Diamond Society can play a powerful role in educating the public at large. The first competition was attended by Malvika Subba, Sneh Rana to Bhusan Dahal. We will have to wait till December 21 to see who will make the judges panel this year and who will go home with the title Mr Gay Handsome Nepal 2017.
I hope there will be a farewell finale speech by Bishwaraj. I look forward to hearing from him especially since he has gained so much work experience in Nepal and outside on sexual minorities.
HEAR BISHWARAJ ADHIKARI’S INTERVIEW