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Orange County Crowns Their First Mr. Gay

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Orange County has crowned their very first Mr. Gay in a pageant competition held yesterday, according to the OC Register.

Tyron Jackson of Tustin has been bestowed with the title and the honor, and believes that the event is "a way to further champion the causes of the gay community." Jackson also won the title of Mr. Community for having raised the most money; his $500 was part of the $4,700 the event raised for AIDS Services Foundation Orange County and The Center Orange County.

Six men between the ages of 20 and 28 competed in "evening wear, designer underwear and question-and-answer categories," and were scored by a panel of judges. Jackson says he hopes to use his win and title to show that the public has a misconception that being gay means living a party lifestyle. The event was deemed a success, and the organizer has said he will do it again every year from now on.