As Germany is gearing up to name their new Mr. Gay Germany, last year’s winner, Klaus Burkart, who went on to take the title of Mr. Gay World announced in an open letter to his friends, fans and the LGBT community, that he would be resigning from the role.
According to Burkart, the challenges in living up to the expectations and responsibilities that came with the title was more than he could take on as he found himself facing some personal changes in his life.
The competition’s runner-up, 2015’s Mr. Gay Hong Kong, Mass Luciano, will take over as Mr. Gay World.
Check out Burkart’s full letter below:
Dear Fans and Friends of Mr. Gay World,
When I entered the 2015 MR GAY WORLD™ competition in South Africa I thought that becoming MR GAY WORLD™ was the biggest challenge of my life. Indeed it is very challenging and exciting winning the title, but what is more challenging is living up to the expectations, responsibilities and duties that come along with it. Being MR GAY WORLD™ and serving the community has filled me with pride and joy. I had the opportunity to travel to different places and meet many members and friends of the LGBTI community – their positive feedback showed me that my mission had a true meaning and that the efforts of MR GAY WORLD™ are relevant and important. Facing this great experiences I’m very sad to announce that due to personal changes in my life I will no longer be able to live up to the expectations and serve the community to the extent that the title requires to do so.
This is why – with great sadness – I’m stepping down from the title MR GAY WORLD™ 2015 and making path to a trailblazer, my fellow competitor and first runner up Emmanuel Mass Luciano, Mr Gay Hong Kong. I know he will be a great representative for our community, who will put all his heart and passion into his reign. Please welcome MR GAY WORLD™ 2015 – Mass Luciano.
Yours Klaus Burkart.