Sunday, July 25, 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.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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
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
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 on..lol). Isn't it great?
Saturday, July 03, 2010
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.
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...
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.
"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"
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.