Hunky Dubliner Max Krzyzanowski (37) has been crowned Mr. Gay World 2009 at the first ever Mr. Gay World contest, in Whistler, Canada. Max, who won the Mr. Gay Ireland title in Dublin in October beat 19 contestants from around the globe to take the coveted role.

Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Tewksbury hosted this year’s extravaganza of showbiz, stars and speedos in a glitzy ceremony high in the Canadian mountains. After a busy weeklong schedule that included fashion shows, photoshoots, interviews and even a wilderness survival course; Mr. Gay World President Eric Butter named Max the winner. Max works as a security guard and martial arts coach in Dublin.

“Mr. Gay World is an extraordinary opportunity to bring together the entire gay community across the world. It is easy to forget that being gay is still punishable by death in many countries. This is a unique opportunity for me to create awareness of gay issues on a worldwide scale”, said the new Mr. Gay World, Max Krzyzanowski. “I am deeply honoured to win for Ireland and aware of the commitment and responsibilities that follow. My first message is to young people – it is time to stop being afraid. We are our own judges. If you fear the judgement of others you will never reach your true potential”.

Max, of polish descent, was the oldest contestant in this year’s competition, which took place in Whistler, Vancouver host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The winner from a total of 1500 contestants worldwide, Max said that he was “elated, shocked but proud to represent gay Ireland on such a stage”.

Also speaking at the ceremony was Executive Producer of Mr. Gay Ireland Brian Merriman, who said, “Max epitomises the integrity and intelligence required for this leading role. His compassion and leadership attributes are an example of the many qualities gay people contribute to a decent pluralist, modern society”.

As Mr. Gay World, Max will travel the globe in 2009 as a goodwill ambassador for the gay community to promote gay rights and equality for all gay citizens of the world especially the LGBT communities who still endure oppression, violence and all forms of homophobia.

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