On Thursday evening, South African actress and musician, Simphiwe Dana took to Twitter to share her sexuality with her followers.
In a series of tweets, the Nzima hit-maker announced that she was gay and revealed that she would be getting married to Berlin-based opera singer, Pumeza Matshikiza.
“I’ve been holding this in since forever. I’m gay,” she wrote.
“I’m marrying her. She’s coming home to me today. We are so happy,” she captioned a picture of Matshikiza.
She then continued to explain how she anticipated to receive backlash for coming out but said she had made peace with that.
In a country where LGBTI+ individuals often have to hide their sexuality because of the fear of shame, being cast out and in many instances, violence - Dana's coming out will hopefully encourage more conversations around sexuality and gender, and will work towards breaking down the stigma and hatred that's often inflicted on LGBTI+ bodies.
While there were mixed reactions to her sharing her truth, it was a brave and bold step that we hope will have a positive influence on matters related to LGBTI+ in SA.
Earlier this year Generations: The Legacy actress, Letoya Makhene also came out as lesbian after confirming that she was in a relationship with Lebohang Keswa. The couple has since gotten engaged.