David Allwood was crowned Mr Gay England in August 2022

What made you enter the competion in the first place?

I entered Mr Gay England because I was really impressed by the nature of the competition. It’s no longer a beauty pageant… it’s a platform for change and a way of getting your voice heard. You raise money for charity during the run up to the competition, take a written exam and also present three different looks on the day of the finals. In recent years, I’ve been doing a lot of community projects and through setting up HOMOPARODY, I realized that this is what I love doing and I’m hoping I make a difference through my work.

For those who don't know what did you have to do to win the competition?

There are 7 rounds in Mr Gay England: Charity Fundraiser (20%) Written Exam (20%) Audience Vote (20%) Mr Congeniality (10%) Regional Runway (10%) Beach Runway (10%) Formal Runway (10%) I won 5 of the 7 categories, Mike win the audience vote and we all tied in Mr congeniality.

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What do you plan to do now you have won the competition?

My plan now is to continue the work I do in the community but on a larger scale. I also plan to start a campaign to help combat loneliness within the LGBTQ+ community. I am also hoping to speak in parliament and bring about some change in our community for the older generations and also for minority groups. I really want to use this platform to bring about positive changes and reform.

Where will you be putting your trophy?

The main trophy is huge!! I’ve cleared a space on my book shelf for all of the trophy’s and my cat is very confused as to what they all are!

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What was your coming out story?

I came out as bi when I was 18 and this was the hardest part of my life in terms of wellbeing. I was depressed and confused and family members told me to ‘choose a side.’ They were mostly supportive though, once they had come to terms with it all and I got into a relationship soon after that with a man

How long are you Mr Gay England?

i’ll be Mr Gay England for about a year. Next year I will be a judge for the 2023 competition and will be handing over the trophy to the next winner!

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Will you enter to be Mr Gay Europe next time?

Yes indeedy! I am already planning some aspects of this very challenging contest! I will definitely enter Mr Gay Europe and hope I make my family and community proud. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me during this competition. It has honestly meant the world to me and I really hope I can bring about some positive changes to our community, x

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