CODE OF ETHICS, POLICY STATEMENT AND RULES OF MR GAY WORLD SOUTHERN AFRICA
By signing up for the Mr Gay World Southern Africa competition all delegates fully acknowledge the following rules and agree to behave accordingly to this code of ethics:
Mr Gay World Southern Africa is a non-profit, independent and non-political competition and organization.
The Mr Gay World Southern Africa competition strives to be a mentor in grooming gay leaders that will advance gay human rights both locally and internationally. As a contestant to Mr Gay World Southern Africa, the delegate signiﬁes his intent to be honor-bound by the following code of ethics: – To treat delegates, staff, judges and associates with respect and dignity; – To conduct himself with honesty, integrity and fairness and respect to the people around him; – To not discriminate based on race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and/or sexual expression; – To be responsible at all times for the truthful and non-deceptive promotion regarding MRGWSA’s visions; – To support the goals of Mr Gay World Southern Africa, as well as support the LGBTQ+ community in general, in a constructive and positive manner; – To conduct business with strict adherence to the laws of the Republic of South Africa, the business or professional codes existing in the jurisdiction and in accordance with generally accepted business practices.
Mr Gay World Southern Africa is a network of equals and delegates. It is a competition that draws contestants from all over the country and reinforces the cultural bonds of the gay communities into a positive national network for raising awareness, promoting visibility, offering support to the wider LGBTQ+ community for human rights and acknowledging the active citizenship of gay people nationwide.
The contestants, entrants possess many qualities. The winner will have a unique combination of looks, charm, intellect, confidence, awareness and self-esteem.
During the stages of the competition, and particularly in the personal interviews, the judges will focus on a man who: – shows an understanding of the world and people around him; – of how he can help contribute to a more equal and respectful society for all; – has respect for a range of views, but has confidence in expressing his own, when pursuing justice and well-being for gay people in all societies; – embraces cultural, linguistic, ability, gender, age, faith and sexual orientation diversity as norms to be promoted in a respectful world; – can learn, articulate his thoughts and conduct an intelligent conversation with people both gay and straight and even with people who do not share his views or values; – could be the man any group or company would like to have as their representative; – is at ease in any social setting, being formal or informal; – can articulate his opinions and knowledge and without effort convey it to an audience, media outlet or interviewer; – is involved or show in his local LGBTQ+ community (taking into account legal constraints in certain countries – Southern African Region); – can be an ambassador of goodwill between all communities, by being visible, inspiring confidence and reinforcing understanding of the richness of cultural difference globally; – is confident in his own values, attributes and opinion. – is intelligent – with a reasonable general knowledge and a good knowledge of LGBTQ+ rights issues and recent LGBTQ+ events worldwide; – is respectful and careful of his appearance and wellbeing.
The MRGWSA organization strides to work and connect with official associations associated with Mr Gay World Southern Africa as to regional competitions in Southern Africa.
Delegates: Only delegates elected in regional competitions named “Mr Gay World Southern Africa Regional” and which hold the rights to legally use the name “Mr Gay World Southern Africa Regional” in the respective areas will be titled “Mr Gay World Southern Africa”.
In exceptional circumstances, if a country in the MRGWSA region does not have an official “Mr Gay“ competition and an organisation and no other national partners or organisers want to appoint, select or nominate a delegate for that country, any gay man with a family address in and passport from a given country can register as a delegate through our Wild Card Program (WCP). The final decision as to whether to accept an independent application rests with the MRGWSA executive committee.
All of the delegates will take part fully in the Mr Gay World Southern Africa event and following the final, will act as “ambassadors” for MRGWSA.
Delegates will be invited to take part in all segments of the finale and segments will be tailored if necessary to respect differences in ability, language or culture where possible. MRGWSA commits itself to ensuring that all elements of the competition will be appropriate, will not promote negative stereotypes, and will be appealing and comfortable for all delegates to participate in.
The executive committee of MRGWSA will decide the number of contestants in each year’s competition. One delegate will be crowned Mr Gay World Southern Africa. Two other delegates will be named 1st and 2nd runner up and in the event of the winner not fulfilling his duties satisfactorily or resigning, the runner-up (s) will be invited by the organization to succeed to the title in the order that they were successful.