Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kzn Finals of Mr Gay South Africa 2010

Jared (left) is the winner of the Kzn finals of the Mr Gay South Africa 2010 pageant held at the Guesthouse last night, while Prince (right) is the 1st runner up who both now qualify as finalists in the competition which will take place in Pretoria in Noveember with finalists from the other regions.

Mr Gay South Africa fun at the Guesthouse

Dave and Llewellyn hosted the Central region (Kzn) finals of the Mr Gay South Africa 2010 Pageant at the Guesthouse last night and pose here with winner Jared who goes through to the national finals later this year.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mr Gay South Africa Durban View Guesthouse Sat 24 July

It's the Mr Gay South Africa Central Reginal Finals in Durban and we have scooped the venue for the event - right here at the Guesthouse.

This Sat 24 Jul is the big night and bookings for accommodation at the Guesthouse are now open.

Bookings for the event are being handled by Mr Gay South Africa and entry is R80 which includes a free drink at the Bar. To book for the event send an email headed "Durban" to Hennie. To enter follow this link.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Calvin Klein photo shoot @ Durban View

Here's a hot pic from model Shane's collection shot on location at our Guesthouse for a Calvin Klein entry.. of course the undies will have to change if the shoot pics are accepted. I think Shane would definitely look good as the "face" of Calvin Klein.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Check us out on Google Street view

Hey, here we are on Google Maps, Street View!!

To help our Guests find us easily we have created a Google Map of the locality showing our Guesthouse, as well as local restaurants and pubs, The Lounge Gay bar as well as local cruising spots and the route to and from the new King Shaka Airport. If in viewing the map you select our Guesthouse and then under the description on the map click "more" to find the Street View and you will see what we look like from the road (with our clothes Isn't it great?

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Hot Germans back to Durban

Not the hottest bod in the world, but Germany's footballer Podolski has everything to be proud of with Germany's (4) win tonight over Argentina (0) in the World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa.

This brings Germany to Durban, for the semi-final next week. We had a house-load of proud German fans at our Guesthouse here in Durban for the opening game against Australia and they will be back for some more fun in the sun hopeful of making it to the finals.
American Guests Ryo, Bobby, Brian and Sammy have been living in Sydney and (except for Brian who heads back to Oz), are en route to the Gay Games in Cologne and we might even see them at Pride in Amsterdam where we are headed for a short break in August. Enjoy the football in Cologne guys as well as your week in Cape Town.

Is always great to have hot guys at the Guesthouse and glad you had such fun in Durban. 

Coming out post

Here is a great coming out post I have picked up from a blog that I follow. Well done Taylor.

An open letter to young gay teens...

I know what it's like. I know how you feel. The sense of loneliness, the frustration, anger, confusion.
It gets better. I say this because I know. I cannot describe the incredible sense of relief and freedom once you have simply accepted your own true feelings. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard "I can't come out... yet" then I'd be a very rich man. I've never heard someone say that they regret coming out. (in the long run) Yes, there may be hurdles and barriers initially. Give people time to adjust. Remember, it's taken you a lifetime just to accept this within yourself, until you were ready to face the world. If the people in your life can't accept you for who you are, then unfortunately you might have to leave them behind. This is your life, not theirs.

If you are feeling depressed, please reach out, in any way you feel comfortable doing so. Call a hotline. Talk to a friend. Start a blog. See a counsellor. Hell, send me an email! Do something... anything.

If you're still sceptical, look at me as an example. Less than six months ago I was a confused, self-concious, sexually frustrated kid who thought I was maybe bisexual. It took me many months of exposure to the niche that is commonly referred to as "homosexuality" before I realized I walked among them. Had I not stumbled onto some of these blogs and stories, who knows where I would be? Perhaps I would have grown deeper into my hole of self-doubt and denial. I am so happy that I didn't. In retrospect, I can think back to many examples of ridiculously obvious clues in my past. If I had shaken the magic 8 ball, the answer to the million dollar sexuality question - "am I gay?" - would have consistently been:

"All signs point to yes"

In my early teenage years, I watched porn, like every other kid we knew. My friends and I started sneaking around after school, to gather round the magical wonder that is "the internet" before any of our parents got home. It was around then that I started to realize I was different. I don't know how, and I don't remember one specific moment, but I knew I was different. When I was alone, I started watching straight porn; but more often than not, I was focusing on the guy. This lead to the obvious meandering into the gay porn world... oh so evil. After I'd done the deed I would feel gross, ashamed, and dirty. "I can't be looking at stuff like that. This is the last time I watch dude porn" - I would repeatedly promise to myself. I broke that promise more times than I can count.

Finally I came to terms with reality. There was a reason I kept coming back to the guys... something that I think I knew all along, but denied myself of this knowledge that was deep down inside of me. I was gay. Saying it out loud to yourself for the first time is huge. (once you actually mean it) For me this was the most important step. Telling others was just a necessary evil to be honest. I just wanted to get it over with. So that's what I did. Three close friends know now, and I've gotten nothing but a positive response from all of them. They were all shockingly accepting, and it's so surreal to hear that from some of the "straightest" people I know. Friends that would often use gay slurs and insults, were now the ones embracing me for who I am. It makes me think, how stupid it was to wait this long, in fear of rejection that never materialized.

I didn't choose this path. I didn't want to be gay. It's not something I aspired to, or would put on my resume as a proud achievement. However, I did choose to simply live my life, without hiding behind one big secret. Whenever the time is right for you, take comfort in knowing that there is an ever-expanding subculture of your community that is ready to embrace you and welcome you with open arms. Hopefully most of the people you love in your current life will tag along, too. In any case, the train is leaving the station, and your destination is unknown. You can finally be yourself.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we played the hand"
-Randy Pausch

Friday, July 02, 2010


Vryheid is the Afrikaans/Dutch named town in South Africa, it's name meaning 'Freedom', so it's fitting that Wiep and Steven (back right) are the first openly gay couple in Vryheid and are tasting the freedom of the town.. although from all reports it is a conservative rural town and not the best platform to be shouting 'gay' from the rooftops.

Etienne and Stefan (left front) also joined us at the Guesthouse this week and are enjoying the revitalised Durban in the wake of the World Cup here.

Accommodation Bookings are open for the 24th July hot weekend at the Guesthouse with the KZN finals of the Mr Gay South Africa happening here, so come and visit and see what the 'new' Durban has to offer.