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An­thony Wayne from Mel­bourne Vic­to­ria was crowned Mr Di­a­mond Aus­tralia at the Miss/Mr Di­a­mond Aus­tralia com­pe­ti­tion held in Bris­bane on April 7.

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An­thony also took out the peo­ple's choice, pub­lic­ity and so­cial me­dia awards.

55 fi­nal­ists com­peted in the com­pe­ti­tion across 7 cat­e­gories. Miss/Mr Di­a­mond Aus­tralia cel­e­brate the diver­sity in all in­di­vid­u­als, and has no gen­der, age, height, weight re­stric­tions.

As part of the pageant all con­tes­tants are re­quired to fundraise for a char­ity of their choice. An­thony part­nered with his cho­sen char­ity Switch­board Vic­to­ria who pro­vides valu­able coun­selling sup­port ser­vices to the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity. Hav­ing been through his own jour­ney of grow­ing up as a gay man, he says he ex­pe­ri­enced feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble and iso­lated as an ado­les­cent. It was through the use of in­ter­net chat rooms that he was first able to con­nect with oth­ers within the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity. An­thony will be able to use his new ti­tle to con­tinue to sup­port the Switch­board Vic­to­ria and raise awar­ness about the ser­vices they pro­vide.

For the next 12 months, An­thony will be work­ing hard to rep­re­sent Miss/ Mr Di­a­mond Aus­tralia and speak with oth­ers about his pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

An­thony is ac­tively en­gaged within the com­mu­nity through vol­un­teer­ing, and proudly sup­ports many com­mu­nity groups and char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions – in­clud­ing Miss Gay and Miss Trans­sex­ual Aus­tralia, Mid­summa Fes­ti­val, Can­cer Coun­cil and Be­yond Blue.

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