“Mister Gay” Romania, Under Threat From Extremists (Video)

Nicu Manea, 32, is Romania's contestant in the Mister Gay pageant

Scheduled to take place on Sunday, April the 17th, in Braşov, Romania, the “Mister Gay Europe 2011” pageant is under threat from the “New Right Wing” movement and heavily criticized by the Romanian Orthodox Church. “We don’t care what these people do at home, in their bedrooms, but we are totally against any public display of their lifestyle and it is against that display, planned to take place in the Bran Castle, that we are planning to make a stand”, said Tudor Ionescu, the president of the New Right Wing. “Christianity will always react to such events… Organizing this pageant during the Great Lent is a direct insult to Christianity, just like homosexuality is an insult to God”, said father Cristian Grigoraşi, an Orthodox priest, in an interview published on the New Right Wing movement’s web page. “Homosexuality is a disease, either innate or contracted because of propaganda”, added the priest. 

The “Mister Gay Europe 2011” pageant is to take place several locations throughout the Braşov county, one such location being the Bran Castle, which is considered to be Dracula’s old fortress. The contest will also have Dracula as a main theme. Romania is represented by a single contestant, Nicu Manea, a 32 years old HR specialist from Curtea de Argeş.

(The New Right Wing has previously organized anti-gay protests. This footage dates from 2007 and was recorded in Bucharest)

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