The 33-year-old Maarten Truijen from Kinrooi has been elected as the new Mister Gay Belgium. He succeeds Joren Houtevels, elected in 2020, who was told last year that he could be ambassador of the Belgian LGBTQ community for a year longer due to the corona pandemic.
The first honorary lord was 28-year-old Antwerp resident Tim Küsters. The 34-year-old Jonas Defruyt from West Flanders came third in the election.
More than 109 men applied for this year’s Mister Gay Belgium election. Twelve finalists were eventually chosen from these, who have followed an intensive program with all kinds of workshops in recent months and have developed their own campaign with a theme of their own choice. On Saturday evening, the twelve candidates finally had to show the best of themselves in a dazzling show and before a jury of well-known Flemish people.
Maarten Truijen never expected to become the new Mister Gay Belgium when he applied at the beginning of this year. “My main goal was to make the world a bit more beautiful. My intention is just to spread love, a little self love and love for others. I think the world really needs that after a few bleak years.”
That, together with prevention of suicide, was also the theme that Maarten has been working on in recent months and on which he will also emphasize in the coming year. “I think self-love and self-acceptance are just the most important values you can have in life. You are who you are. And the part about suicide because I think too many people still take their own lives because of their sexual orientation.”