Now we are one of the most liberal countries in the world, although there are certainly places you'd get beaten up for being gay.
The word has moved rapidly along over the last 15 years too. And gay life is explored in "Queer as Folk" (UK and US versions) and in Skins (currently available on BBC Entertainment on the DSTV platform in South Africa.
The Charlie Hunnam Queer As Folk sex scene - click here to go to YouTube - embedding disabled.
Tonight's Skins episode about Maxxie, the gay character in Skins, might have had a few South Africans hot under the collar (for different reasons) featuring a gay kiss and blow job between teenage boys (the crazy hot Nicholas Hoult - About A Boy - and even hotter Mitch Hewer).
The kiss and blowjob scene - embedding disabled - click here to go to YouTube.
This however would be nothing compared to the few holds barred Queer As Folk. The reason I found out about this was finding out more about the crazily good looking Charlie Hunnam from Green Street Hooligans. The excerpts on YouTube would certainly raise a few temperatures in SA.
But this is probably all healthy, exposing people to what is just another life they didn't understand.
About Queer As Folk.
Mitch Hewer - Maxxie - from Skins
Fantastic dance scene from Series 2 Episode 1 - click here
Rooftop dance scene from Series 2 - click here
Charlie Hunnam - Queer As Folk (UK) and Green Street Hooligans