Who's in focus?
There’s nobody who likes the spotlight more than me. You don’t have to look far on my personal page to see me being a full on exhibitionist – but that’s my personality type and you can either love it or hate it, but it’s who I am.
Chris on the other hand, is much more reserved, more considered and less likely to jump into the spotlight, unless it’s something that is really important to him and he believes he needs to do it.
I think that is why he will make such a great “Mr Gay World”. It’s not like we are big activists, out pushing for massive societal change, but we do what we can, through our business and through this page to show that it’s OK to be “out”, be who we are and live a normal life as a gay couple.
Chris has experienced first hand what the majority of young gay guys are still suffering with today as they struggle to come out and realize their full potential and that’s why he is prepared to take the lead on this. What a lot of people don’t realize is that 1 in 5 young LGBTQI people self harm and that increase’s to 1 in 2 if a person identifies as “transgender or intersex”. This is quite often related to either bullying, so lack of acceptance from family & friends.
So Chris has chosen to compete for Mr Gay World to help raise the profile of these issues, and with any relationship, goal, pursuit, there is a time to take a back step and not be the one in focus. That’s what partners do for each other and while he is usually behind me, making sure I’m supported in business and through my professional career, it’s now my turn to do the same for him.
So while you may think from this picture I’m just in the background checking out his fantastic ass, it’s actually symbolic of our relationship – some times one of you has to lead and the other has to follow – and in this case I’ve followed all the way to Rome!
You can help Chris on his way by voting for him at www.MrGayWorld.com/vote
Photography: James Franklin— with Chris Glebatsas and James Franklin in Los Angeles, CA, United States.