Othodox Church condemns Mr Gay Europe
Only ten contestants from Europe are participating, while 25 competed at the 2009 edition in Oslo. They are the winners of their home countries’ similar contests (Italy, France, Sweden, Island, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania).
Accommodated at a hotel in Poiana Brasov, a famous Romanian tourist resort, they are guarded by the police in order to avoid conflicts.
Local church representativees spoke out against the contest, in an outcry that the Easter week is starting.
A recent survey showed young Romanians are highly discriminating against sexual minorities. Three quarters said they did not want to have a neighbour of other sexual orientations, and over 60 per cent reject people with HIV and gypsies, while 35 per cent reject other religions (Muslims, Hungarians or Jews), according to a Soros survey.