They nominated Khanyi Mbau, along with Real Housewives of Durban star Nonku Williams and her mother, as well as Black Motion's Thabo Smalls for his "Ke jele, ke Jele" moment, ahead of this year's awards presentation, which will be held on November 11th, 2021 at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg.
The 2021 Feather Award nominations were announced on Tuesday at a small, Covid-compliant gathering, with the new generation of LGBT celebrities dominating the list. Ditshego Ditshego, Penny Lebyane, Lumko Johnson, and Zizo Beda were introduced as this year's hosts.
The annual Feather Awards, now in their 13th year, will honor and recognize personalities and individuals from a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, lifestyle, sport, and business, for their contributions to the lives of queer people in Southern Africa and advancement of community rights.
"Each nominated individual or organization has, in one way or another, represented, inspired, or celebrated the LGBTIQ community with quality and distinction during the past twelve months," according to the organizers.
The finalists and winners in each category are chosen and assessed by a knowledgeable panel comprised of professionals from the media and entertainment industries who are well-versed in what's hot and what's not on the South African social circuit, according to the organizers.
The Feather Awards also have an annual theme, and this year's theme is Queer Lives Matter, in keeping with the global conversation around the LGBTI community's wide range of challenges.
It's not all feathers and fabulosity.
The organizers of the awards presentation also conduct a lot of community service in the run-up to the event. This includes LGBTIQ advocacy activations held in collaboration with the Thami Dish Foundation throughout the year.
In rural and remote areas around South Africa, these programs include LGBTIQ+ dialogues, workshops, and training sessions.
"It's been an interesting 13 years as a community building these awards. The Feather Awards, which began as a tiny party at a Rosebank nightclub, has grown into a teenager, a fully operational powerhouse of programs, "said Thami Kotlolo (Thami Dish), co-founder of the Feather Awards.
"Through the awards, we have celebrated, highlighted, and shared the South African LGBTIQ community with not only the African continent, but the rest of the world." They've also contributed to empowering the country by participating in discussions and workshops and making their voices heard in both public and private sector communities, "he added.
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