The long awaited 2020 Feather Awards nominee list is finally out.
The ‘usually controversial’ list announced at an intimate media gathering in Johannesburg earlier today, comprised of personalities and individuals from various industry sectors including Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sport and the Business sector. Each nominated individuals, in one way or the other, have either represented, inspired, or scandalized the LGBTIQ community with excellence and distinction over twelve months.
This year the theme is Turn Up the Love.
Dedicated to uplifting the names of LGBTIQ activists who’re doing the important work in communities across the country, the Feather Awards also pays homage to supportive media bodies, LGBTIQ student movements and selected role models who enrich and back the community.
Now in it’s 12th year, the Awards has evolved from solely an award celebration back in 2008 to a full array of well planned and executed LGBTIQ advocacy activations taking place throughout the year. Done in partnership with the Thami Dish Foundation, these programmes include the LGBTIQ+ Dialogues done in communities across South Africa focusing on vulnerable LGBTIQ youth and inclusion for all.
The actual Awards will take place on the 11th November at a closed ceremony in Johannesburg.
“Can you believe it, we are 12 years old this year. What a ride it’s been. From starting out as a small celebration of our community , the Feathers have transformed into a gigantic well-oiled operation. Showcasing our LGBTIQ community to the world, empowering South African youth with the LGBTIQ+ Dialogues and then of course the big celebration at the end with these over the top colourful awards” comments Thami Kotlolo, co-founder of the Feather Awards. ‘And with slight delay in all festivities this year, we are turning up the love and looking to a positive future ahead in 2021.”
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AND THE FEATHER AWARDS 2020 NOMINEES ARE……
Best Styled Individual Anele Papu Jimmy Nevis Thishiwe Ziqubu
Hunk of The Year Ryle Rene 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&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 Mens Health
Diva Extraordinaire of The Year Connie Chiume Lindiwe Sisulu Refiloe Modiselle
Media Award of The Year Yim’lo Blood & Water The River
Social Media Personality of The Year Aus Velemina Vuyokazi Nguqu Siv Ngezi Coconut Kelz
Cutest Couple of The Year Nomsa & Zandile Ricky & Tony Sape & Vaivi
Role Model of The Year Sade Giliberti SWEAT Dr Dulcy Stapler Rakumakoe
Drama Queen of The Year COVID-19 Solidarity Fund The Gigabytes
Socialite of The Year Olwee Sarah Langa Shauwn Mkhize
Musician of The Year Makhadzi Master KG Zoe Modiga
Fag Hag of The Year Shumi Dantile Shauwn Mhkize Siv Ngezi
African Feather of the Year Frank Mugisha _______________________________________________________________