Former reality TV star Jordan Bruno has been crowned Mr Gay Pride Australia for 2018.
Jordan found fame after appearing on Channel Seven series My Kitchen Rules, but after the show he became a high-profile advocate for marriage equality and LGBTI mental health and launched a series of classes encouraging young people to cook.
The Perth hunk was competing against seven other Mr Gay Pride Australia hopefuls including Daniel Pasquali from Queensland; Jonny Watson and Troy Griffiths from Victoria; and Daniel Megson, Jordan Hubbard, Nicholas Steepe and Steven Bruni from New South Wales.
The contestants were selected following a public vote online and an onstage appearance at the Midsumma Carnival.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out today and being a part of this amazing community it’s a real honour to represent this community,” Jordan said on stage at Midsumma Festival’s Carnival event.
“I’ve had so much support and there is so much inspiration here, everywhere you look there are inspirational people that have done so much and I hope that I can leave a fraction of the legacy that these guys have.
“All seven of us are fighting for a different cause, which gives you an idea of how much work there is left to do in this community, whether it’s in the Army and Defence Force, regional Australia, trans kids in schools, mental health issues.”
They were judged on their public speaking abilities, their character and the work they’ve done for the LGBTI community.
Jordan will go on to represent Australia in this year’s Mr Gay Pride World Competition, which will be held in Knysna, South Africa in May.
The international competition’s stated goal is to find a spokesperson who will push for global equality for the LGBTI community.
Very overwhelmed and humbled to announce that I have won the title of Mr Gay Pride Australia 2018 ???????? . I will do my best to represent this incredible LGBTI community, continue my social work and prepare for Mr Gay World in South Africa ?????? . It was a pleasure competing against @stevenbruni92, @iamdanmegson, @jordyhubbs, @eastersharks, @nicgoesrawr & the @theofficialtro. You guys are all doing amazing things and going to go far. . A big thanks to all of you for having my back, again x . Photo by @fredlemarche of the @theboyproject ?? . Shoutout to the incredible sponsors that make this happen. @eikonmag @theboyproject @gaysydneyaustralia @xwearactivewear & @intercontinental ???? . Suit by @borgioli ??
Always fun shooting with @ryantranphotography, the only problem was that I didn’t pack another pair of clothes to the shoot and had to do my shop for all my catering jobs in this ripped oversized T! The older ladies weren’t impressed ???????????????????? . In other news I saw the production ‘Let The Right One In’ last week at the @blackswanstc and it was amazing! If you use my code ‘Bruno’ you’ll get tickets for $40! ???? #Ad #LetTheRightOneIn