Noble Beast Foundation's Mission Statement
“Advocate International Equal Rights by confirming the essential
nature and contributions of gay men to a healthy society where gay is
not a stereotype.”
Background & Purpose
The Noble Beast Foundation, founded by Don Spradlin in 1999, showcases
gay leaders willing to stand up and be proud of the fact that they are
gay even though this world includes 13 countries where being
GAY is punishable by death, and 27 countries where being GAY means incarceration
and where the right to marry is forbidden. To all cultures we say look
at the Mr. Gay Ambassadors as spokesmen who are capable of delivering
the message that religious, cultural, political and individual rights
can be respected and be a healthy part of every society’s identity.
As long as a society hates a part of itself, it will by definition be
sick. Healing can only come from the acceptance of diversity and equal
rights within all cultures.
We do not seek assimilation within society, which always comes on the
terms and values of the dominant culture. Assimilation also results in
invisibility of the minority cultural component. What we seek is the recognition
of the essential nature of the gay spirit and recognition that gay people
are equal contributors to the health and quality of every culture in the
The 2009 “International Mr. Gay Competition” (IMG) gave the
Foundation’s HERO Award to Nikolai Alexeyev, one of the licensed
Mr. Gay national producers and Director of the IMG's European Affairs.
Mr. Alexeyev was an organizer of the first Pride Parade in Moscow in 2006,
where marchers were attacked while Moscow police stood by and watched.
Mr. Alexeyev was honored at the 2008 IMG Awards Gala on January 20, 2008,
at the Music Box in Hollywood for his tireless effort to achieve equal
rights in Russia.
The 2008 HERO
Award was given to California State Assemblyman Mark Leno, who was successful
in two of the last three years in getting both houses of the California
Legislature to approve a gay marriage rights, which were then vetoed by
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