E London councillor voted Mr Gay SA
DA man on drive for more tolerance
A DA COUNCILLOR from East London has been named Mr Gay SA, prompting a standing ovation from his Buffalo City Metro council colleagues at this week’s meeting.
Lance Weyer told Weekend Argus the win had come as “quite a surprise”.
And he’s intent on making 2012 a big year for raising levels of acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.
“There is tolerance, but not necessarily acceptance,” the 24year-old said. “I want to help South Africans be more accepting of the LGBTI community.”
In his acceptance speech at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City last Saturday, he told fellow contestants and the audience that Mr Gay SA should be a role model.
“Too many young people resort to suicide and substance abuse because they believe that being homosexual is a social death sentence. The youth need suitable role models to look up to, who they can be proud of,” Weyer said.
SA is widely hailed as hav- ing one of the world’s most progressive constitutions, with a Bill of Rights second to none.
“( This) has helped bring about tolerance towards the LGBTI community in SA. I’d like to see this tolerance turned into acceptance,” said Weyer.
Weyer, who participated in the Mr Pink Loerie Mardi Gras earlier this year, hosted a successful Facebook campaign to garner votes which, according to mamba online, led to him receiving the most public votes.
He also walked off with the Bone Wear Underwear Model prize, the website reported.
The title means he will represent the country in the world contest next year.
Back in East London, which became a fully fledged metropolitan council alongside others like Cape Town, Johannesburg and Tshwane after the May municipal poll, Weyer serves on the public accounts committee, the watchdog on public spending, and the health and public safety committees.
He is also involved in special programmes focusing on issues including HIV/AIDS, TB and women, children and people with disabilities. He is also a member of the Frere Hospital board of directors.
In the finalist profiles on the Mr Gay SA website, Weyer says one of his role models is Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the US who was responsible for passing a series of gay rights laws in San Fran- cisco during the 1970s.
The California politician’s life was featured in the 2008 movie Milk, starring Sean Penn in the title role.
PROUD: Lance Weyer has plenty to smile about after winning the Mr Gay SA title.