A new year, a new name!!! It is time again as we showed you in February for a new edition of Mister Gay Belgium (formerly known as Mister Gay Flanders). The twelve contestants for 2016 are known for the public and are looking forward to take over the reign of mister Gay Flanders 2015 Skelte Willems. They have their own message to bring out to the world and show why they should be named as Mister Gay Belgium 2016 at the 28th of May in Antwerp. Time for PINK IN OUR LIVES to put all candidates separately in the spotlight and give a taste of who they are. The ninth candidate is Raf van Puymbroek.
Raf van Puymbroek is 21 years old and is living in Vosselaar. He did his coming out in 2011 and his project is about “the LGBT in Sport & Diversity”.
“My coming out was easier than expected. I had expected many bad reactions and had put coming out on hold to avoid negativity. During my coming out I only received positive, understandable and compassionate reactions from my friends and family. Much better as expected.”
“My big idol and example is Beyoncé. Pretty obvious, I know. I get a lot of inspiration in her way of performing, handling stress and her passion for the industry. Because I am dancing so long and performed many times, I just sometimes need that inspiration. And come on, Beyoncé is also very sexy when she sings and dances”.
“My theme is Sport and diversity. Many people think that in the sports world the acceptation of our LGBT people is getting better, but from my own experience I think it is just the opposite. As a graduate Bachelor in sports education I have been on many schools, sport clubs and games and I notice that, especially the young people from now, accept less and are less open-minded. Words like faggot and dirty queer are common words shouted to each other. In the dressing rooms, on the field or track I saw a lot of bullying with LGBT accusations. Also it is still big news when an athlete or top sports people come out of the closet and I don’t think it should be necessary. It is about time that sport will be for everybody and that you are not an outsider when you are gay and like to play soccer, volleyball or basketball and not just only want to dance…. Because those gays exist as well”.
“My best quality is that I am very persistence. If I want something, and I know there is a slight chance to accomplish it, then I will do (almost) anything to reach my goal. I have done some “crazy” things to give my dance career a boost”.
“My worst quality is that I don’t like to lose. I play sports for years on competitive level ( swimming, athletics, dance…) and from my childhood I never want to lose”.
“Not many people know that I wear glasses, because I almost never have them on. I feel I don’t look good with glasses. So actually most of the time I don’t see clearly and can’t read from far without them”.
“I hope that within ten years I still can do what I like to do and that I am surrounded by people who really care about me. Also I still hope to have a good job, have my passion for dance and that I am happy with who I am and what I have achieved. A big house, a holiday house in Los Angeles, a nice car and a cute doggie would be very appreciated off course”. ;o)
SHORT REACTIONS ON THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS:
FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION: “Los Angeles”
PINK IN OUR LIVES: THE happy LGBT source“”
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: “I don’t believe in it. Kebab and pizza are exceptions”
FAVORITE MOVIE: “G.B.F.”
MISTER GAY BELGIUM: “The finalist with the best message, who can contribute and represent the best for the LGBT community.”
Thank you for your answers Raf and for letting my readers and your voters getting to know you better. You can vote for him through this link with OutTv: https://www.facebook.com/OUTTVBE/app/129570913824547?app_data=39391
May the best GAY win!!! Thank you also photographers Johan Vos, Marc Drofmans, Kevin Wuyts, Emmanuel Deprijckere, Ivo Gautier, René Emmerink and Johan Cansse for the great pictures of all the candidates and www.welovemisses.be for the video.