Miss Gay Goddess Belize 2013
On Saturday, protestors in favor of the existing laws of Belize took to the streets of Corozal Town in demonstration against the content of the Revised Gender Policy 2013, as well as a constitutional challenge brought against the government by Caleb Orosco, who is seeking to have repealed Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code. While that religious crusade winded down after several weeks of touring the country, a group of openly gay men was making final preparations for Miss Gay Goddess Belize 2013 later that night. Amid the controversy surrounding the pageant, many have expressed disdain over such flamboyant display of homosexuality, despite the fact that it was being held privately in Belize City. Notwithstanding public criticism, the organizer, who goes by the pseudonym Chuck Chuck, spoke about its success with a reporter from Love FM.
Voice of: Chuck Chuck, Pageant Organizer, Gay Belize National Pageant
“Last night Gay Belize National Pageant finally had the opportunity to host our pageant here in Belize City. It was a great success. We had a few people who came out and it was a great show.”
“Now there are some controversies in regards to the pageant when it was scheduled to be held in Orange Walk. Why was it decided to have it moved to Belize City?”
“Well there are two main reasons why we came to Belize or why we changed the venue per se. For one, I was concerned about the safety of my guests attending the event. I wanted to ensure that the event would have been a peaceful event for us and secondly, we found a better location in Belize. And that’s two of the main reasons why we came here to Belize.”
“Are you somewhat thinking of or worried about the backlash that this pageant probably will receive from the wider community?”
“I’m not. We have received a lot of support from the community, to say the least. I believe that the churches are the only ones actually that are actually up in arms in all of this but the community has been supporting us. We’ve gotten a lot of support from the local businesses, internationally as well. We’ve received a lot of support, so I’m not concerned about whatever they wish to do after this.”
“Now, how many people attended this pageant and was there any money raised?”
“We received approximately at the start of the event, there were approximately ninety-seven persons in attendance and we had people coming in after the event pretty much. Some people were concerned about their safety due to the first protest that was staged in Orange Walk so we had people coming in after the event. But roughly it was about, I would say, a hundred and seven at the end of the night. We did garner funds from the event in the thousands; we did actually make some proceeds from that.”
The Miss Gay Goddess Belize 2013 was initially scheduled to be held in Orange Walk Town; however, public outcry prevented the organizers from proceeding with the pageant there.