Julien Chambon, from Forest Fields, has reached
the final ten of the annual Mr Gay UK contest, beating allcomers
from across the country.
He tells us why he entered the competition, why he loves the gay
scene in Nottingham and what one thing he would change in this world!
On life in Nottingham...
I've lived in Nottingham for three years now and I love this city
and feel it's home.
Having been out mainly in England, I know very
little of the French gay scene but consider knowing the British
one well enough to represent it, especially the Nottingham one.
I think a bit of French makes it a little sexier...
On the Nottingham gay scene...
I think the gay scene in Nottingham is really good for the size
of the city!
We've got a variety of pubs, bars and monthly run nights that cover different
tastes gay people might have regarding somewhere to go to have a
drink, which is very good!
Also, we've got a fantastic night club, NG1, that has been elected
three years in a row best gay night club outside Birmingham by the
Midlandzone magazine! That's quite good for Nottingham!
So my perfect night out in Nottingham would probably involve a few
drinks in some trendy pubs (Coco Lounge types), a few in the Lord
Roberts of course (where I work), then across the road in Wax and
straight to NG1 to finish off the night!
On the competition...
At first I didn't really want to get involved with the Mr Gay Nottingham
competition, but my friends convinced me to enter, saying that whatever
happens it would be a laugh! And indeed, I thoroughly enjoyed every
minute of it!
The competition involved a lot of showing yourself and your body
and also a mini interview on stage... It was stressful - I must
admit I had a few drinks to relax...but on the whole, it was very
On the Mr Gay Nottingham competition...
The judges were mainly the crowd that picked their favourite by
text voting. We didn't have a chance to do any personal stuff, so everything
mainly went down to the looks...! There was indeed a swimwear-type
of section but with underwear! My Tommy Hilfiger pants did the trick!
Cheesy beauty contest-style answers...
If I could change one thing in the world... I would like to change
the power of money, not at a citizen level, but rather at a industrial
and political level! I have nothing against money, but I think the
power it has is the source of everything that goes really wrong
in our world! (And obviously, I want world peace!)
If I could have a meal with anyone... I would love to have a meal
with the Queen, because she is probably one of the best known people
in the world, she is probably the richest person on this planet,
she is certainly a very cultured woman, and I think she is a very
On the Mr Gay UK finals...
The Mr Gay UK finals will be held at G-A-Y in London on Saturday,
23rd August 2003. You can vote for me in the Mr Gay UK contest.
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Gay Nottingham - Fact file
Occupation: Bar supervisor
Eye colour: Brown
Chest: 42 inch
Best moment in life: Moving to England after I came out!
Please note: There is a Mr Gay Mansfield. Paul
Lewsey, 21, a customer services advisor, won the local title but failed
to reach the Mr Gay UK finals.