History of Mr Gay World June 2008 Eric Butter and Dean Nelson embarked on a mission to create a global competition that would inspire and empower gay men to come together in a public performance that would show the world that being gay encompasses a broad spectrum.
The mission to demonstrate that both inward beauty and physical appearance are equally important as is leadership and confidence.
Shawn and Jason became the two men who were chosen to become the new Pit Crew.
The Pit Crew first appeared on Season 1 of the show, as a group of muscular black men who would help the contestants in challenges.
They were first utilized in the show's very first mini-challenge where they dumped buckets of water on contestants for a car wash themed photo shoot.
Shawn became the first non-African-American man to join the pit crew.
The two first appeared on the Season 3 casting special during a segment featuring auditions for the "new Pit Crew", where different types of men were shown dancing and taking off their clothes auditioning for a spot.
November 2008 Mr Gay World was officially registered at the city of Oslo, Norway and strategic planning began with Eric, Dean and Tore.