The Feather Awards nominees for 2020 were announced earlier today, 15 October 2020, at a festive event held at the Mushroom Farm Park in Sandown, Johannesburg.
Under the theme “Turn Up for Love”, the Feather Awards will celebrate 12 years of queerness, love, inclusivity and diversity.
In a press statement, organisers said the awards are “dedicated to uplifting the names of LGBTIQ activists who’re doing the important work in communities across the country, [and] also pays homage to supportive media bodies, LGBTIQ student movements and selected role models who enrich and back the community”.
Having been a “voice for the LGBTQ community for over a decade”, the Feather Awards took a decision in 2019 to extend beyond just an awards evening with the organisation launching the Feathers Festival which is “dedicated to celebrating the LGBTIQ community through the arts”.
The Feathers Festival is 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.
Co-founder Thami Kotlolo aka ‘Thami Dish’ expressed their excitement at the launch and was grateful that it could be held now that South Africa has been moved down to Level 1.
“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,” said Kotlolo. “And with a slight delay, in all festivities this year, we are turning up the love and looking to a positive future ahead in 2021.
The ‘usually controversial’ list is composed of personalities and individuals from various industry sectors including entertainment, lifestyle, sport and the business sector. Each nominated individual, in one way or the other, “has either represented, inspired, or scandalised the LGBTIQ+ community with excellence and distinction over 12 months”.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Best Styled Individual
Hunk of The Year
Ryle Rene 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
NWU LGBTI: Transformation Association
Diva Extraordinaire of The Year
Media Award of The Year
Blood & Water
Social Media Personality of The Year
Cutest Couple of The Year
Nomsa & Zandile
Ricky & Tony
Sape & 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
The awards ceremony will take place on 11 November 202 at a closed ceremony in Johannesburg.