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Media Personality Francisco León Comes Out While Throwing Shade at Mister Venezuela Contest

Monday June 21, 2021

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Francisco León  (Source:Instagram)

Venezuelan singer, entertainer, model, and businessman Francisco León feels free after coming out. The 39-year old opened up about his sexuality in an emotional Instagram post, writing: "I dreamed of this moment, because it is a liberating moment, I feel reborn. Releasing this that made me stop being me in front of you. Now I can speak to them from my true story and that for me has a special value."

The former 2006 Mister Venezuela "took to his social networks to share his emotional statement in a material entitled 'My truth,' in which he opens his heart and confesses that he had not been encouraged to tell this before out of fear and because his native country was not prepared for a confession like this," according to the Spanish language website El Diario.

"I wanted to clarify some doubts that I have seen out there on social networks and tell you that I am homosexual," León continued. "I had always choked that word out of fear; for fear of what they will say and for coming from a country that was not prepared to see a Mister Venezuela, a presenter of a morning show or a singer come out of the closet in the 2000s.

"This decision was made after learning of a boy who committed suicide, because he suffered harassment because of his sexual preference," the Spanish language outlet reported.

"My soul was completely reeling, his death crumbled me and made me think about how crucial it is to tell the world and people that no matter what your sexual preference is, your life matters a lot," León added.

His assertion that he couldn't come out earlier — most notably in 2006 during the Mister Venezuela contest — also prompted a response from Osmel Sousa, who for decades was one of the organizers of the Miss Venezuela contest. In Sousa's statement (translated from Spanish via Google), released this past Friday, he challenged León's claims that the maker of competition "has always disrespected the gay community," according to the Spanish website El Pitazo.

"In a video posted on Instagram, Sousa explained that when León arrived at Mister Venezuela, the organization ruled him out for being gay, since the contest was organized for heterosexual men, however, he defended his homosexuality and advocated so that he could stay and win the bandana in 2004," notes El Pitazo.

"When you arrived at Mister Venezuela, which our photographer, who was your partner, took you, I spent it as someone who says under the table, because until that moment, this inclination was not allowed in the contest because it was supposed to be a contest for heterosexuals and when you entered the contest, if someone defended you so that you were competing, it was me," said Sousa. "When they called me to tell me that this could not happen, I defended you, saying that you were a serious, formal boy and that your presentation seemed interesting to me. ... Because let me tell you, they wanted you to leave, and I did not accept that you leave the contest, it is more I wanted you to win."

See photos from León's Instagram below: