Anwesh Sahoo native from a small town, Kaniha in Odisha, and student of IIIT (International Institute of Information Technology) Delhi, will be the country’s sole representative at the pageant.
Anwesh Sahoo will be mentored by Sushant Divgikar, national director of MGWI, and a team. Divgikar has represented India at the pageant in 2014 in Rome.
Sahoo’s journey began when he read a piece in ‘Gay Talk’ magazine about New Zealand’s Andreas Derleth, Mr. Gay World 2012 winner. That inspired Sahoo, then 17, to come out of the closet.
“I realised that being queer was beautiful and was able to accept myself. My sister was very supportive and helped me tell my parents. From being bullied in school to winning MGWI; it has been such an amazing journey,”
Anwesh Sahoo, an academic achiever who is open about his homosexual status and made it to the top 12 on a global stage of the Mr Gay World pageant.
Anwesh is a brilliant example of how and why we should not be judgmental of people’s sexual preferences. Every individual has many more facets to his personality than just his sexuality.