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December 28, 2012

Gay celebrities who have visited Cape Town

Sir Ian McKellen is a gay rights activist. Photo courtesy Pete Birkinshaw

Cape Town is a city for all shades of humanity – not least of which is pink.

Pink Cape Town has received many accolades for its gay-friendly restaurants, hotels, clubs and beaches. The Mother City Queer Project, or MCQP as it is commonly known, is one of the highlights on the pink calendar and thousands of revellers dress up according to a theme to party the night away.

The annual Gay Pride Parade is also growing in stature. Thousands of people, in costumes, take to the streets to march against discrimination. Traditionally, the march ends in a huge party. 

Cape Town is a favourite, too, for gay celebrities, who are able to enjoy one of the world's most beautiful holiday destinations but still stay incognito. Sometimes they are spotted dining or relaxing on the beach, other times they tweet about their experiences. 

Sir Ian McKellen, actor and activist and the magnificent Gandalf in Lord of the Rings,  loved the view from his hotel room and tweeted a pic of the mountain. In Cape Town to perform Waiting for Godot at the Fugard Theatre, he has a longstanding love affair with South Africa.

Stephen Fry loves Table Mountain. Photo courtesy Inckognito

Stephen Fry enjoyed Cape Town while filming an adaption of The Borrowers, a children's story by Mary Norton. He tweeted: “A bright sunny morning in Cape Town again. Table Mountain and Lion’s Head looking gorgeous and dramatic. What a city.”

Fry is a British actor, screenwriter, poet and author. He is also quizmaster on the popular BBC panel show QI, currently being aired on DStv’s BBC Entertainment (Channel 120).

Will Young's Switch It On music video was filmed at Thunder City, near the Cape Town International Airport. The English singer-songwriter and actor became famous after winning the inaugural British music contest Pop Idol in 2002. 

Adam Lambert shot to fame after coming second in the eighth season of American Idol, went on to accrue numerous awards and was also nominated for a Grammy. He performed at the Grand Arena, at the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, earlier this year.

Graham Norton, the Irish comedian and BBC comedy chat show host, has spent New Year's Eve on a catamaran in Cape Town, has owned a house in the city and visits as often as he can. 

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