Taiwan is on the verge of becoming the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriages, which ties in with the theme of Mr Gay Taiwan #TaiwanOneLove (One Love for ALL). This year was the 3rd Mr Gay Taiwan which was held on the same day as Taipei Pride 29th October (which attracted about 82 000 people – the biggest Pride in Asia.)
Mr Gay Taiwan 2016 was held at the famous gay bar district ‘Red Brick Wall’ in Ximending, Taipei City. Touya Xiao (22) was crowned the new Mr Gay Taiwan 2016, 1st Runner-Up was Justin Ling (37) and 2nd Runner-Up was Melvin Chen (31). Touya was also crowned as Mr Photogenic with Ryan Theo taking both the Social Media Challenge and Mr Popularity and lastly Justin the 1st Runner-Up won the title of Mr Congeniality.
Among the judges for Mr Gay Taiwan 2016 was the CEO of the dating app Hornet, Miss Bikini Asia and various TV celebrities from around Asia. The finale had performances from Taiwan’s very famous Magnolia la Manga, Bouncy Babs and Connie Lingus which left the crowd in amazement. Our host Justin which is a native Taiwanese ensured that the people of Taiwan keep to their roots with his aboriginal dancing performance and traditional wear on stage.
Touya is currently a student and a contracted model for various clothing brands in Taipei City. He hopes to break stereotypes in Taiwan from traditional people to acknowledge that the LGBTIQ people are human too and deserves equal right. They need to stop depriving us from the right to get married with someone we love. We are all just in love just in a different way – #TaiwanOneLove.