The people have spoken, and Brian Webb is their pick.
The former Armstrong resident has claimed the People’s Choice award in the Mr. Gay Canada 2012 competition.
Webb, who now calls Vancouver home, was one of six candidates competing in the WinterPRIDE celebrations in Whistler.
Although he did not secure the top title – Thomas Egli was crowned Mr. Gay Canada 2012 – Webb earned the People’s Choice Award for gaining the most votes during the online portion of the competition between Jan. 10 and Feb. 10. He won with a landslide victory, claiming more than 25 per cent more votes than the next highest candidate.
“It is a great honour to receive the Mr. Gay Canada 2012 People’s Choice Award,” said 33-year-old Webb. “This award is a true testament that I have the reach and support through my online communities and I thank my loyal followers, friends and family for their support and encouragement for me on this amazing journey.”
“As a role model and ambassador for Canada on the world stage, I am excited to be able to foster a positive image for young gay men,” said Webb, a well-known Canadian blogger respected for his stories targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
“I will continue to attend events and raise awareness of issues facing our community and youth, including safer sex, anti-bullying and self-esteem.”
Delegates of the 2012 Mr. Gay Canada competition were judged on a series of challenges and categories including a swimsuit appearance, fashion show, sport challenge, panel interviews, presentation skills and public online voting. Webb finished first place in the sport challenge, the GAY-mazing race, a series of physical and skill-testing challenges held on the final day of competition.
Ken Coolen, co-executive producer of Mr. Gay Canada, said: “All five delegates are incredible role models for Canada’s LGBT community and worthy of being Mr. Gay Canada.”
OUTtv, Canada’s only national gay and lesbian television network, also documented the entire competition, which will air as a reality television show later this spring.