SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — What makes a man America’s Gay Bachelor? Could it be looks? Personality? Success? It is time for you to decide as myPartner.com scours all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for the first ever, “America’s Most Eligible Gay Bachelor.”

Open nominations for candidates ran through the end of May at myPartner.com. Starting June 1, the
public can begin voting. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your friends, your dream dates or even yourself as nominated candidate! The best part is that you don’t even have to be a myPartner member to participate.

“We want gay men across America to have a great time celebrating what makes us attractive to others. This contest will bring out the best in us all as we search for the ultimate available man,” said Patrick Perrine, M.A., CEO and founder of myPartner.com.

Perrine and myPartner.com are hosting live matchmaking events across the country as they scour all 50 states to find the first ever “America’s Most Eligible Gay Bachelor.” Each event will also feature on-site matchmaking. “This is a great way for us to show everyone how our matchmaking system works, and have a little fun at the same time,” says Perrine. “Everyone comes to the party single, but not everyone will leave that way.”

On May 23, the kickoff event was held at the W Atlanta Perimeter Hotel and on May 28, the myPartner team hosted bachelors from around the Northwest at W Seattle.  Upcoming on July 17, eligible bachelors from all over the country will gather at the W San Diego to find out which of the finalists will earn the honor to be named “America’s Most Eligible Gay Bachelor” of 2008.

“We want to issue a challenge to the nation to make sure their best men get nominated. It’s a friendly competition to find the most desirable men,” said Perrine.

Of the top 51 contestants, one from each state and one from the nation‘s capital, five will be selected and flown to San Diego for final judging. A panel of experts will decide who is America’s Gay Bachelor during a star-studded event at the W San Diego on July 17th during San Diego’s Gay Pride celebration. The America’s Gay Bachelor contest winner will receive a romantic get-a-way trip for two at the W San Diego, a $25,000 match-making package, a trip to San Diego Gay Pride week and a chance to be featured in a national publication.

info: To vote go to www.mypartner.com/AmericasGayBachelorContest.html.