After he was announced Mr Gay Pride Australia for 2018, DNA columnist and ‘The Gay Chef‘ Jordan Bruno joined The Andrew And Troy Show on LGBTI radio station JOY 949, to chat about his upcoming “journey” to the Mr Gay World competition this May in South Africa.
Troy: Congrats on the win, how does it feel to be Mr Gay Pride Australia for 2018?
Jordan: Amazing, I mean it’s a bit overwhelming and surreal, it’s nice to be acknowledged for all the social work that I’ve been trying to do over the last few years.
T: What was going through your mind when you were standing on stage as they announced you as the winner?
J: I was hoping for the best, all three of us who made it into the top three all were worthy of the title, so if it did go any other way I had made my peace with that, but at the same time it is nerve-wracking and you do work hard for it and there was a bit of a competition, so I am glad it went my way.
“I’m there to win! Australia has never placed and New Zealand has won it twice, I don’t quite understand how that is possible (laughs)”
T: Tell us about your journey to become Mr Gay Pride Australia?
J: I guess it started last year while doing a lot of advocacy work for marriage equality, especially in Western Australia, talking at rallies, fundraising and doing pop-up restaurants with all the money raised going towards marriage equality.
The other part of the journey for me was when I released a cookbook called The Gay Chef, all of its proceeds went to Minus 18 and headspace charities and the book itself talks about mental health problems of LGBTI youth and how we can raise awareness.
I also opened up my LGBTI cooking school, which was one of my proudest achievements. The whole idea of it is for young LGBTI students to come do different cooking classes as way to network and meet other kids who are going through similar situations, from there they started online group chats and made friendships that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to make because they hadn’t met people going through the same things as them. So when they do go through something hard, they now have these friends available in the group chats so they can help each other.
T: So it was these elements that helped the Mr Gay Pride Australia judges decide you were the winner?
J: Yeah, it wasn’t a beauty competition at all, it is based on your social mission. Part of the competition I was judged on my knowledge of gay history, my confidence, my ability to speak in public and they judged me as a role model.
Andrew: With the upcoming Mr Gay World competition, do you have any expectations for that?
J: I’m there to win! Australia has never placed and New Zealand has won it twice, I don’t quite understand how that is possible (laughs). I’m going with the intention to win, I’ve done a lot of advocacy work and my heart is in the right place and I hope my credentials stand up against some of the best people in the world.
Follow Jordan on his journey to Mr Gay World on his Instagram account @jordanbruno.mkr