Gay Tacoma Nurse Is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’ Contest

Daniel Dyviniak Will Battle It Out for Top Honors—and a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Tacoma, Wash. – PETA is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and nurse Daniel Dyviniak beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the nation to advance to the final round of 10 male and 10 female contestants. Visitors to can now help PETA select the two lucky winners—one man and one woman—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

Dyviniak went vegan three years ago after an HIV-positive diagnosis prompted him to care deeply about the welfare of others, including animals. Now, he says, his cholesterol levels are low, his liver and kidneys are healthy, his nails are stronger, and his skin is clearer—and he uses his own experience to advocate a healthy, plant-based diet to people newly diagnosed with HIV as a way to combat the damaging side effects of the medication.

“As a nurse, Daniel protects the well-being of his patients, and as a compassionate vegan, he not only protects himself but also prevents more than 100 animals a year from being killed for food,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Each one of the finalists in PETA’s contest is a testament to how sexy vegans are—inside and out.”

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine whom it should select as the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on June 21. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced on June 28.

Last year’s titleholder Dexter Thomas was PETA’s first-ever transgender winner. For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

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