The Mister Gay Chile event is another big deal for us, especially when Pablo Salvador won the International Mr Gay Competition in 2009.
I eventually plucked up the courage to confront him about it.
He responded by threatening to punch me for being disrespectful to him and to God.
Chile has come a long way since the dark days of the oppressive Pinochet years between 19, when gay people were detained and reportedly killed.
In just a few decades, the country has quickly evolved to having major gay events, a strong queer culture and is on the way to passing marriage equality laws.
I grew up in Conception then moved to Santiago when I was a teenager where I have been living ever since.
I recently set up a gay tour company aimed at gay travellers, called Pride Tours Chile.I had my first sexual encounter with another man when I was 19, but my Catholic guilt did not allow me to accept being gay until I turned 24.That’s how old I was when I came out and finally accepted it. There were a lot of tears and drama – my mother cried for a month.I love Farinelli and Dionisio for the drag shows – even if you don’t speak very good Spanish you’ll love it and guaranteed to laugh all night long.In terms of gay clubs in Santiago, my favourites are Barcelona at Bunker and Toby at Femme.Since those awful days, the Chilean LGBT community has started to gain more visibility: by encouraging more public debate about LGBT issues and increasing awareness about us.