In early 2011, Michael Holtz was honored with the Mr. Gay USA 2011 title.
As a very energetic activist, Michael uses his athletic abilities to raise awareness in the LGBT community through sports. In 2010, Compete Magazine named Holtz as gay athlete of the year. Most notably, in 2008, Michael was inspired to swim the English Channel, which led to the implementation of two of the first-ever, open-water, long-distance swims on both the East and West coasts to raise money for LGBT equality. Michael has a resume filled with volunteer work for such organizations as Equality California, The Stonewall Foundation and The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Michael states: "The opportunity to serve as Mr Gay USA 2011 has helped me continue my work in creating a positive impact on, and for, the LGBTQ community and to help protect, develop, and advance our rights. As an open athlete, I am focusing my life on using the medium of athletics to bring the world together to better understand, know about, and interact with the LGBTQ community in a positive light. In turn, the athletic events I produce provide an interactive platform for engagement bringing all types of people working together for a common goal to a better understanding and acknowledgement that the LGBTQ community is full of wonderful, vibrant people who enhance so many parts of our communities, businesses, and lives and also a place with whom everyone can interact on many levels in non-hostile, compassionate, and productive way."
With Michael’s zest and enthusiasm for life, it is no surprise that he took title as Mr Gay USA and 1st runner-up at the Mr Gay World competition in the Philippines this year!
Neil Totton took place as 1st runner-up in the Mr. Gay USA competition. Along with a ‘stunning smile, Neil’s talents go far and wide! The singer, producer, and performing artist just released his breakout single "Cuntry Boi," which can be found on youtube.
Founder of Mr Gay USA, Jarl Haugedal uses social media to aquire candidates and promote the mission of the competition. Jarl plans to host promotional events throughout the year at NYC-JC luxury hotel suites. For all interested candidates, contact info@mrgayworldusa. com. For more information on the organization and/or Michael Holtz, visit: www.facebook.com/MrGayWorldusa & mrgayworlusa.com
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 3.