20 November 2015
Klaus Burkart, Mr Gay World 2015 announced he is resigning from his title via an open letter to his friends and fans.
Germany's Klaus Burkart says he is sad to make that announcement but “due to personal changes in my life I will no longer be able to live up to the expectations and serve the community to the extent that the title requires to do so.”
“When I entered the 2015 Mr Gay World competition in South Africa I thought that becoming Mr Gay World was the biggest challenge of my life,” he wrote.
“Indeed it is very challenging and exciting winning the title, but what is more challenging is living up to the expectations, responsibilities and duties that come along with it.
“Being Mr Gay World and serving the community has filled me with pride and joy. I had the opportunity to travel to different places and meet many members and friends of the LGBTI community – their positive feedback showed me that my mission had a true meaning and that the efforts of Mr Gay World are relevant and important.”
Burkart says he is handing the title over to first runner up, Mr Gay Hong Kong, Emmanuel Mass Luciano.
“I know he will be a great representative for our community, who will put all his heart and passion into his reign. Please welcome Mr Gay World 2015 – Mass Luciano.”
Burkart from Wangen im Allgäu, Germany beat 20 other hopefuls and was crowned Mr Gay World 2015 in May earlier this year.