Mr. Gay World Louw Breytenbach Resigns Over Contract, Funding Issues

Tuesday December 21, 2021
Originally published on December 16, 2021

In October, South African actor Louw Breytenbach was named Mr. Gay World 2021, but he resigned from the honor last week in a contractual dispute and disagreements over the organization's funding.

In October, South African actor Louw Breytenbach was named Mr. Gay World 2021.

But he resigned from the honor last week in a contractual dispute and disagreements over the organization's funding, reports The South African.

"In a statement from his representative, the 31-year-old human rights activist and theatre founder claimed he had walked away from his duties after a 'back and forth' legal battle."

When he was sent the contract, Breytenbach refused to sign it, reports The Citizen.

"The contract stipulates that Mr. Gay World must be his exclusive agent when he lands any bookings or acting roles."

Breytenbach said he already had an agent for television roles.

"I don't need them to manage whatever TV opportunities I get. My suggestion was that they manage me based on opportunities pertaining to the pageant and my role as Mr. Gay World," he said.

He claims the initial contract mentioned remuneration but the document was vague and provided no extra details. When he was sent an amendment of the contract, it excluded any mention of remuneration. He was also told that the contract stipulated if Breytenbach should leave the pageant for whatever reason, a penalty of €5,000 would apply.

"This penalty is unlawful. What if they are in breach of contract, should I still pay the penalty? This does not make sense," he said.

Breytenbach also expressed concerns about the organization's funding, citing their "inability to be audited when they refused to divulge how funds are used for the Mr. Gay World Foundation".

"I think it is my right to know what happens to [the] money that I raise for the organisation in my capacity as Mr. Gay World. Who is benefiting from all of [these] sponsorships?" he asks.


"Breytenbach concluded that his image was being 'abused,'" Writes The Citizen.

"I am disappointed as I really thought the Mr. Gay World competition was a platform I could use to broaden my charity work. I also thought they had the interests of the LGBTQI+ community at heart. Sadly, I was wrong."

Mr. Gay World responded to Breytenbach's accusations:

"Mr Gay World confirms it has received the resignation of the current titleholder, Louw Breytenbach from South Africa, following a contractual dispute, despite our best attempts to resolve the matter amicably and reasonably. 

"We also note the unfortunate press release issued on Mr Breytenbach's behalf which includes a series of defamatory allegations about the organisation and its officials. 

"We strongly refute these allegations and thoroughly reject Mr Breytenbach's version of the events as described. Mr Gay World is meeting with its legal team to decide what steps to take and will not issue any further comment for the moment."

Breytenbach IG account indicates he's taking it all in stride: