Queer community turns up the love in appreciation of support

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Co-founder of the Feathers Thami Kotlolo at the announcement of the 2020 Feathers Awards on Thursday afternoon. Picture: Palesa Dlamini/City Press


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.

Connie Chiume
Connie Chiume is nominated for her first a Feather Award. Palesa Dlamini/City Press

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.

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
Actress Connie Chiume

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

Anele Papu

Jimmy Nevis

Thishiwe Ziqubu

Hunk of the Year

Ryle René De Morny

Gorata Nzimande

Dr Fezile Mkhize

Hot Chick of the Year

Blue Mbombo

Celeste Khumalo

Siphesihle Ndaba

Sports Personality of the Year

Siya Kolisi

Bongiwe Msomi

Makazole Mampipi

Best Rainbow Parenting

Napo Masheane

Hlubi Mthimkhulu and Mduduzi Motaung

Buhlebendalo and Botshelo

Best LGBTIQ Student Movement

Up and Out Tuks

NWU LGBTI: Transformation Association

Rainbow UCT

Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Public Sector

Do Better

Do Better

Do Better

Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector

Queer Wellness Centre

Nike SA

Engage Men’s Health

Diva Extraordinaire of the Year

Connie Chiume

Lindiwe Sisulu

Refilew Modiselle

Media Award of the Year



Blood and Water

The River

Social Media Personality of the Year

Aus Velemina

Vuyokazi Nguqu

Siv Ngezi

Coconut Kelz

Cutest Couple of the Year

Nomsa and Zandile

Ricky and Tony

Sape and Vaivi

Role Model of the Year

Sade Giliberti


Dr Dulcy Stapler Rakumakoe

Drama Queen of the Year

Covid-19 Solidarity Fund

The Gigabytes

Somizi and Dinner kwa Somizi

Socialite of the Year


Sarah Langa

Shauwn Mkhize

Musician of the Year


Master KG

Zoe Modiga

Fag Hag of the Year

Shumi Dantile

Shauwn Mkhize

Siv Ngezi

African Feather of the Year

Frank Mugisha


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