As 2018 comes into full view, let us take a step back and look at the events that happened in 2017. One of them was the Mr Gay Handsome Nepal 2017 contest, which made a comeback after four years of silence.
In the event, Manidra Singh, who also goes by Manil Singh, emerged champion. This winner from Sarlahi competed against sixteen other participants for the title of Mr Gay Handsome Nepal 2017 and walked away with a trophy and a reward of Nrs 50,000. The finale took place on December 26 at the Rastriya Nachghar in Kathmandu. The second and third prize winners were Birendra Chaudhary from Kailali and Anuj Peter Rai from Lalitpur, earning Nrs 40,000 and Nrs 30,000 respectively.
The contest which aims to find Nepali gay men who will continue working for the rights and awareness of gay men in the country was successfully hosted by Subeksha Khadka. The main reason for the conception of this contest is to find gay Nepali men who will fight for the freedom, respect, and understanding of queer men in Nepal. The competition was hosted by Subeksha Khadka.
In a country where minorities have yet to receive the rights they deserve, it is inspiring to be able to watch courageous individuals who valiantly step up on stage and present themselves on a national platform. These men serve as a beacon and an example to others, providing a voice for silenced minorities and teaching that it is okay to be yourself no matter who you are.