It’s official: Jonathan “J.T.” Taylor of San Francisco has won the coveted title of U.S. Mr. Gay 2008. Seeking to distance itself from unaffiliated–albeit confusing–competitions like “Mr. Gay U.S.,” this year’s third-annual battle for the crown took place at the Music Box Theater in Hollywood, California. First-Runner-Up honors were picked up by “Mr. Chicago” Josh Roberts, while “Mr. Birmingham Alabama” Derek B. Moates took home the Second-Runner-Up Spot.
In addition to declaring the winners of this year’s event, the press release announcing this year’s victors states:
With the tagline, “Because Gay Is Not a Stereotype,” the U.S. Mr. Gay Competition searches beyond looks to identify one man with the individual charisma to serve as a successful role model in challenging gay stereotypes.”
The release also stated that Taylor took top honors because he “wowed the judges and the crowd with his stage presence, charm and eye-catching torso.”
U.S. Mr. Gay [Official Site]
(photo: Phil Lobel)