Did you hear that a Deaf gay man Cesar Ayala won Mr. Gay San Francisco? Yes, tru biz! He is the first deaf gay man that won the title since it first established in the 1960s.
Cesar had to do a pageant to earn the title. He had to do a talent show in front of the judges. He did a song in ASL with deaf dancers! Pretty cool, right? Take a look at the video.
I’m like a dog without a bone
I just want you for my own
We, Tru Biz, reached out to Cesar to share his story with us. Take a look!
I’m still in shock, you know? When I woke up the next morning, I was like, wait, I won Mr. Gay San Francisco? Then I turned around and saw my sash on my bed. Then I was like oh! I really won! You know? Really, it’s just amazing.
I’m still in shock. Really. What happened was that night when they announced the next Mr. Gay San Francisco, they announced my name, Cesar. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was true or not. I turned to the other contestants and they all came to me. They were like, “You won! You won! You won!” I was like, oh, I won!? I was really shocked. I found it hard to believe. Then I was like, wow, it’s really me. It felt good. I even got goosebumps. People were happily cheering on. You know, I’m the first deaf Mr. Gay San Francisco in history since 1965. Really, I have no words to describe. My heart pounded fast. I feel good.
I will travel to visit other cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, D.C., Canada, and so on. They all have their own chapters all over the world. There are about over 85 chapters. My goal is to go speak about the LGBT deaf community, a variety of disabilities such as deafness, blindness, wheelchair users and so on, as well as people of color (POCs). My vision is to give exposure for all of them. I want to provide education. Get them to understand our lives. Also, meeting our needs. Those three of my goals are key to me, so people can know that we are not alone in this. We want to be able to bridge our communities to become one to become stronger. I’m the first deaf Mr. Gay San Francisco since 1965 and it’s a huge honor. I’m so excited to see what happens the rest of the year.