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posted Friday, January 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 04
William Pontius to compete in Mr. Gay World USA contest
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William Pontius to compete in Mr. Gay World USA contest

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Most people in Seattle's LGBT community know William Pontius in one capacity or another. In 2005, William was elected LGBT vice president for AT&T Wireless, crowned Mr. Gay Seattle in 2007, crowned prince for life by the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and The Olympic & Rainier Empire in 2008, served as Mr. Neighbours in 2009, and was awarded 'Best Sex' as a HUMP Festival winner.

Socialite, social activist, social media pioneer - that is William Pontius. He's everywhere, all the time. More than just a pretty face, William has helped to raise money for local charities such as Lambert House, and has used his platform as a titleholder to speak out against anti-LGBT sentiment.

William has his sights set on another title: Mr. Gay World USA. He recently learned that he was chosen to compete as a wildcard finalist and could possibly star in the reality TV special being filmed in New York.

'When I heard the news that I had been selected, it took a while to sink in,' William told Seattle Gay News. 'Then I began to realize that every moment of my whole life has brought me to this very point and to me, life is all about experiences and every sign has led me to the next step in my personal journey.'

That 'next step' has William boarding a plane bound for New Jersey on Saturday where he will compete against other Gay men interested in making their TV debut and showing they have what it takes to be the next Mr. Gay World USA.

According to Mr. Gay World USA officials, 'All of the men who are selected will be invited to move in to NYC-JC Guest Suites, January 29 to February 2, where their lives will be filmed as they compete in daily challenges, ultimately leading to the selection of Mr. Gay World USA 2012.'

'Each day, the finalists will be put to the test to show they have what it takes to represent the U.S., participating in a variety of challenges - from runway competitions, to cooking contests and political debates,' said officials. 'The judges will be looking for the man who shows an interest in the world and people around him; displays patience; has a compassionate and considerate nature; embraces change, or things and people different from his own frame of reference, experience, or cultural background; can articulate his thoughts and conduct an intelligent conversation; has a basic innate charm and sparkle; and has poise and is secure with himself.'

Ultimately, one man will be announced the winner of Mr. Gay World USA and sent to South Africa in April to represent the U.S. in Mr. Gay World.

'Winning the USA title would mean endless opportunity to capitalize on Seattle being the densest Gay community in the country and show how strong, diverse, and vast our Gay population is here in Seattle,' said William.

William says he believes that, should he win, he would bring much-needed support for marriage equality in Washington state, work to protect LGBT youth and fund programs that service them, and much more.

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