Phil Dzwonkiewicz was crowned Mr Gay England 2018 and competed for the title of Mr Gay Europe.
The 36 years old was born in Birmingham. Diagnosed with HIV back in 2007, Phil’s reign as Mr Gay England has been all about proving that “HIV Doesn’t Define You”.
The activist took some time from his busy schedule to answer some of our questions.
How did you come across the contest and what made you apply?
I have known two previous winners of the current incarnation of Mr Gay England, and they have brought some incredible campaigns to the table. Joni Valadares (2016) shed light on suicide prevention, and Matt Rood (2017) Gay Adoption rights.
These campaigns are very relevant to issues for the LGBTQ community.
So I had known about the competition for sometime, and I got involved as a friend of mine kept bringing it up, and basically pestering me to do so.
I went on holiday and just pushed it to the back of my mind. As RuPaul would, say my inner-saboteur was shouting in my head: “You are not good enough!” “You are not what they will be looking for!” But the closer the closing date for applications got, all the good things started to surface, and I asked my best mates if I should apply and their answer was a resounding YES!
What does it take to become Mr Gay England?
I can only go by what I see in my predecessors and myself.
You have to have a passion, you need to want to give back, you need to be invested in the LGBTQ community and want to change the things you do not like.
Have a point of view and be able to articulate that.
What changed in your life since you won the competition?
Life has become very very busy which I am no stranger to at all, but more than anything the stories that are being shared with me from other people living with HIV via social media platforms have been incredible and humbling.
Men and women telling me that just by seeing me being vocal and wanting to take up a mantle of showing those around us that it doesn’t define who you are and that you can live a healthy happy life, has made them proud and given them hope, and that some of them have even now come out to loved ones because of it. That has been just mind blowing to me, and makes it all worth it.
You centred your campaign on raising awareness of HIV. Why is it important to you?
This is super important to me as it effects me directly.
As HIV positive people we don’t have role models in the mainstream. This is changing now with the influence of social media, but visibility is key.
I think that if more people from EVERY walk of life can stand up and say that they are positive, this will help displace misconceptions and stigma that are unfortunately still around today.
For years, I have been helping those around me or those sent to me by recommendation to come to terms with a diagnosis of having HIV.
You talk openly about your status and you are a peer mentor at Positive East helping and supporting others living with HIV. Do you feel people are more educated about HIV or is stigma still very present on our society?
I think that in London people are generally more informed in regards to sexual health. As anyone that works in the health sector can attest, things are London-centric. Once things are trialled in London they tend to get rolled out across the country.
The population of gay men is very dense so the information is distributed well here BUT I still experience stigma on social media and in life.
Common responses are “You are riddled”, “Whore”, ” Sorry, I don’t touch people like you, no offence”, “Ohhh, you don’t look like you have it”. All these and many more are why I am stepping forward and expressing “HIV Doesn’t Define You” as it shouldn’t.
Having this condition (and it is that, a chronic condition) should not stop you from living the kind of life you want to, be it running an office full of lawyers or twirling around on stage.
#HIVDoesntDefineYou is the slogan of your campaign. What does define you?
That’s a good one!
I’d have to say work helps define me—I have passion in all I do and give 110% all the time, and how I treat others—I am extremely caring and my family and close friends mean the world to me.
Why did you take part in the Mr Gay Europe competition?
While the UK is generally ahead of the curve in regards to HIV—there is still a lot of work to do, and the stories I receive tell me that we are on the right path—I would love to help those across Europe in the same way, open up dialogue and help break down that damn image of a tombstone, and show all of Europe that even though a person is LIVING with HIV it doesn’t stop them from contributing.
Any message you would like to leave with our readers?
If you have questions please ask them.
By asking questions you are showing that you are willing to learn. No matter how scary or stupid you think those questions are, if you ask someone like me or anyone that is open and comfortable with living with HIV we will answer them.
And LOVE the fact that you are open to learning and not judging.
Follow Phil on Twitter to know more about his campaign.
Five is DonovanWXxX lucky number
“I definitely would love to be able to travel at least the United States and fuck and be fucked by at least 5 guys in every state”
We caught up with DonovanWXxX to talk about his JustFor.Fans page, underwear and fantasies.
What led you to start exploring a career in porn?
When I was in high school I wanted to do porn as a side thing to help college tuition and because I am really curious to see how I would do in the porn industry!
Who are some of your porn heroes or inspirations?
Blake Mitchell, Greyson Lane, Michael DelRey, and Kevin Warhol are just a few of the guys that I look up to and aspire to meet in person one day.
What sort of content do you generally feature on your JustFor.Fans channel?
I post original content from myself, whether that me jacking off, riding a dildo, getting fucked, or fucking someone else.
There are plenty of people that I really want to have their seed planted in me.
What’s your ultimate JustFor.Fans fantasy?
My JustFor.Fans fantasy would have to be having a meet-up one day with a bunch of the guys that want to work with me and have like a massive orgy.
I definitely would love to be able to travel at least the United States and fuck and be fucked by at least 5 guys in every state.
Would be awesome to just get out there and have fun!
Can we talk underwear?
I typically wear Calvin Klein or Hollister Boxer briefs on a daily.
When I’m at the gym I actually don’t wear any underwear. I got to let it get the fresh scent of meat in the air.
I definitely like to wear briefs and jockstraps as well when I’m with a guy. I honestly love a man who goes commando, but if I had to choose it would be a man in briefs or jockstrap, just because they are easier to access in my opinion.
What are some of your goals and aspirations for the months ahead?
Some goals I have is to continue growing my content page to actually get better at recording my “scenes” with guys.
Making contact with fans and if I get an active following, create content on a daily basis. Also plan to pay off some debts so I can eat!
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