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South African LGBTI Community in High Spirits ahead of Mr Gay World Despite Ongoing Xenophobic Violence

South African LGBTI Community in High Spirits ahead of Mr  Gay World Despite Ongoing Xenophobic Violence

By Editor

The recent xenophobic violent attacks in South Africa are not deterring the preparations of Mr Gay World. The LGBTI community in South Africa is on cloud nine with last minute preparations for the event whose grande finale falls on 3rd April.

Although some judges had earlier expressed skepticism about the ongoing violence, they have now all confirmed their attendance for the weeklong event. This year’s event has attracted twenty gay men from across the world all hoping to take home the prestigious title of Mr Gay World.

Unfortunately, India’s sole entrant Thahir Mohammed Sayyed a Brisbane based model has been forced to pull out of the pageant after threats were made to his family.  Thahir was also the only participant from Asia.

According to Thatir, he together with his family had received various threats and he had been left with no option but to pull out of the event.

South Africa has in the past weeks made news worldwide after locals turned violent against African foreigners living and working in South Africa. The nationals claimed the foreigners were taking jobs yet they continued to live in poverty.  The violence has since reduced after the South African government and the word spoke out against the violent attacks.