“I am honoured to serve as a much-needed positive role model for LGBT youth in Canada and around the world,” said Thomas. “Popular media and gay culture bombard us with stereotypes which can be confusing for people who are just coming out. I want to increase awareness of the true diversity of the LGBT community.”
As a role model for youth, he has had the opportunity to teach LGBT youth that being gay is not about stereotypes, but about self-expression.
“I also want to promote healthy lifestyles in the gay community,” Thomas explained. “I am thankful for all of the support I’ve received from family and friends, new and old. The next exciting step is to prepare for the upcoming event in South Africa , where I will proudly represent Canada.”
The Vancouver based entrepreneur leads an exciting life both as an international tour leader and an ecologist. His extensive travels around the world have given him the ability to understand both culture and environmental sustainability. As a diver, Thomas has the honour of showing visitors the West Coast wildlife, and as an educator with National Geographic, he takes youth on expeditions to remote parts of the world.
Ken Coolen, Co-Executive Producer of Mr. Gay Canada said, “The Judging panel was especially impressed by Thomas’ maturity and leadership. They are confident in his ability to represent Canada’s LGBT community to the world.”
Also awarded at the February 11th ceremonies were:
- Calan Breckon – Mr. Congeniality 2012
- Brian Webb – People’s Choice Award 2012