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I caught up with Tore Aasheim from the Mr Gay Europe competition, for a behind-the-scenes look at how the battle for the crown will play out.

What’s the history of the Mr Gay Europe competition?

The first MGE was held in 2005 in Oslo, Norway — during EuroPride. It was originally just a party idea, thought to be a one-time event, but even before the event was over several countries had applied to be the next year’s host.

In 2010, the final was cancelled because a major sponsor pulled out, and in 2015 we took a break to adjust the concept since we felt the competition was heading in the wrong direction — we were becoming something of a beauty pageant and we needed to change focus.

MGE has taken place in Oslo in 2005 and 2009, Amsterdam in 2006, Budapest in 2007 and 2008, Stockholm in 20017, Stockholm, Sweden and Oppdal, Norway in 2016, Vienna and Bregenz, Austria in 2014, Prague in 2013, Rome in 2012, and Poaina Brasov, Romania in 2011.

The 2018 final of Mr Gay Europe will be held in Poland in August — why was Poland the right place to hold the final of Mr Gay Europe 2018?

Mr Gay Europe 2018 takes place in the cities of Warsaw and Poznan. The delegates will also visit one of the German concentration camps in Poland to learn more about this part of gay history and the origin of the pink triangle.

We chose Poland because of the situation for LGBTQ people in this country. We want to draw attention to the situation, and to show the gay community of Poland that it has the support of its brothers and sisters across Europe. This year’s final is the most political statement we have made so far in the history of the competition.

To enter Mr Gay Europe, do I have to be the current champion of my own country?

Yes and no. Some countries have national producers, some don’t. England, Scotland, and Wales can participate separately, and these three countries have the same producer. If a country has a national producer, you must compete in the national competition first and the winner of the national competition represents the country. If there’s no national producer, you can sign on as a wild card — you’ll then not be Mr Gay X, but instead will be X representing Country X.

How many contestants are you expecting to enter Mr Gay Europe 2018?

We have a goal to have at least 10 countries take part. The numbers vary from year to year because in some cases it’s the political climate that decides if a country can take part or not, sometimes the delegate can’t get time off work, sometimes the local sponsors don’t cover the travel expenses, and sometimes a producer chooses to cater to his sponsors instead of sending a delegate. You also have to keep in mind that everything is done on a volunteer-basis, so the delegates and producers need the financial support of sponsors.

Are there any countries that won’t be entering that you would like to see represented?

The competition is open to everyone, but of course we’d like to see delegates from countries where the situation for the LGBTQ people isn’t that good — just as political statements, and to show that gay people are everywhere, and we won’t succumb to pressure, hatred, or discrimination.

How is Mr Gay Europe selected?

During and before the final, the delegates have to take part in different challenges — a preliminary interview, a written test, presenting a project, and work on social media. They also have a sports challenge, and a photo session.

MGE used to have a swimwear competition, and a talent competition, but this has been taken out of the program.

After each challenge, the delegates are awarded points, and these points are added together. It’s like a really hard job interview. Each challenge is judged by at least five judges from different walks of life — men, women, gay, and straight.

What does Mr Gay Europe win?

Since MGE is more of a political competition, you’re not in it to win cruises or cash. We invite the winner to travel and meet politicians, and opinion leaders, and to learn from them and inform them about the situation of LGBTQ people across Europe. For 2018 we are going to step up this activity.

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Where will the Mr Gay Europe finals be held in 2019?

The cities of MGE for 2019, 2020, and 2021 are already picked and decided, but we have a tradition of announcing the next year’s city at the end of each competition. So, you’ll have to wait until 12 August to find out where we’ll be going next year.

Mr Gay Europe 2018 takes place in Poland 4–12 August.

Voting opens on 23 July 2018.

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I caught up with Joel Someone to talk about porn, sex, and underwear.

What led you to start exploring a career in porn?

It was my dream to shoot with Treasure Island Media — something about the fearlessness of their exploits inspired me at a young age. Gay sex meant fear to me, as long as I could remember.

The longer I waited to seek out my sexual identity, people were pushing me away from my passions to things that were more stable. I was attempting to live a hetero-normative life, against my own inner desires.

Honestly, porn saved my life. I wasn’t happy with my direction and career, I love porn — it was a natural transition.

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Would you describe yourself as an exhibitionist?

The act of creating porn is exhibition, so I would say — Yes, absolutely. In my own personal life, I enjoy sexuality that’s honest and playful. It’s hard for me to put titles on what I find to be exhibitionism.

I’m more an exhibitionist with my speech — I love talking explicitly with people who are truthful about their desires.

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Who are some of your porn heroes or inspirations?

  • Rocco Steele was someone I admired from a very young age. His appearance inspired me to start working on my fitness.
  • Ron Jeremy taught me that you can be the nicest, kindest, most professional man, and you can build a career out of your great interpersonal skills. Having a large penis obviously helps.
  • Cutler X — because he’s a sweet and lovely person, but can still fuck like a demon. He was never corrupted by a persona.
  • Armond Rizzo was the first time I was deeply attracted to someone who was very boyish — up until that moment I chased ‘daddy’ type guys. He made me want to become more of a dom-dad.
  • Buck Angel altered my perception of what masculinity was. Seeing him made me search deep for what my inner gender was, which made me appreciate the masculinity of bottoming or being a vessel for another man.
  • Marco Napoli is the man I’m seeing, and he really is inspiring me. To see the dedication of leaving the past behind and starting fresh. He’s on this journey with me, and it’s nice to have someone to share this roller-coaster with.
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What’s your ultimate porn fantasy?

My greatest fantasy is having sex with twins. During different parts of my life, this fantasy kept reoccurring. Just recently, I was able to fulfil my fantasy with the Morgan brothers. I was really aroused by the silent connection the two had with one another while they were being brutalised by 17 men — the symmetry of their bodies as each boy was placed in a pose and then fucked.

They were very quiet during this event, you could see the concentration on their faces. I thought it would be odd to see two brothers being fucked at the same time, but after the experience I was amazed to see the very cool close bond they had with each other.

Photo by Marco Napoli @marconapolinyc

Can we talk underwear?

I love bikini-cut with a pouch, or jockstraps — always in black. I love anything that cups my balls and lifts my cock up.

At the gym, I usually have gym shorts with a lining already sewn in.

On other men I like to see fresh clean underwear. Mine occasionally are musky from my balls. I like having a boy telling me that mine need to be changed.

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What are some of your goals and objectives for the months ahead?

I’ve really enjoyed the partnerships I’ve made with several studios. I’m happy to have a good relationship with them and to be trusted to work with talented performers. I want to develop more partnerships with studios and performers.

I enjoy working inside and outside the porn industry. I love acting and creating — this platform has offered me the ability to do both. My favourite activity is discovering and working with talent on Instagram.

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