Nominees for the fun and celebratory Feather Awards were announced earlier this week.
According to co-founder Thami “Dish” Kotlolo, the 12th edition, which will be held next month under the theme Turn Up The Love, is about educating people on the struggles faced by the LGBTIQ+ community.
“Some of the people who are nominated know that they are appreciated by the queer community,” Kotlolo said.
“However, they don’t know what responsibility there is thereafter – for them to carry our flag up high, to stand up for human rights, and to stand up for total equality and freedom for all.”
Veteran actress Connie Chiume is nominated for her first Feather Award in recognition of her role as an ally of the LGBTIQ+ community.
During the announcement at the Mushroom Farm Park in Sandown, Johannesburg, this week, Chiume said she could not be prouder.
“This is my first nomination. Any nomination means a lot to the nominee. Being recognised for your talents, for your job and for supporting human rights is an honour. As someone working in the industry [for a long time], I have worked with a number of talented individuals in the community gathered here today who have contributed to my successes and wellbeing,” she said.
Chiume is nominated for the diva extraordinaire of the year award alongside Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, and model and entertainer Refilwe Modiselle.
World Cup winning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, his team-mate Makazole Mapimpi and Netball SA captain Bongiwe Msomi will be vying for sports personality of the year gong. Battling it out for the hunk of the year award are Ryle René De Morny, Gorata Nzimande and Dr Fezile Mkhize.
Blue Mbombo, Celeste Khumalo and Siphesihle Ndaba are nominees for the hot chick of the year award.
Winners will be announced on November 11.
List and categories of nominees
Best Styled Individual
Hunk of the Year
Ryle René De Morny
Dr Fezile Mkhize
Hot Chick of the Year
Sports Personality of the Year
Best Rainbow Parenting
Hlubi Mthimkhulu and Mduduzi Motaung
Buhlebendalo and Botshelo
Best LGBTIQ Student Movement
Up and Out Tuks
NWU LGBTI: Transformation Association
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Public Sector
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector
Queer Wellness Centre
Engage Men’s Health
Diva Extraordinaire of the Year
Media Award of the Year
Blood and Water
Social Media Personality of the Year
Cutest Couple of the Year
Nomsa and Zandile
Ricky and Tony
Sape and Vaivi
Role Model of the Year
Dr Dulcy Stapler Rakumakoe
Drama Queen of the Year
Covid-19 Solidarity Fund
Somizi and Dinner kwa Somizi
Socialite of the Year
Musician of the Year
Fag Hag of the Year
African Feather of the Year