FEATHERS13, BOLD AND FABULOUS, YET SO EMOTIONALLY TOUCHING!

By Dumisani Dube

Johannesburg: The who is who of the Mzansi Queer community and allies gathered at The Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg to witness the 13th dose of The Feather awards. The pink carpet was spread for the world to see. The atmosphere was lit to say the least. Walking you could feel the energy of love and unity, characterized by the laughter and giggles in the midst of camera clicks and flashes. It was an awesome feel. 

Standing by the gate one could see that the patrons got the memo and went all out. Yes, there were fashion misses here and there, but most were hits. The colour black dominated the scene, with a dollop of red and white here and there. In short, it was a garden of flowers that had all bloomed at the same time, sweet scented and fabulous all round. 

Befitting was the venue, The Feather Awards was marking its 13th anniversary in which the Founder Thami Dish (in a bold, fabulous black ensemble) described her baby as “Now a teenager!” 11:11 was the date and those that believe in numerology will agree with me that this event was an example synchronicity. From the welcome to the host and right deep into the ceremony itself it was organized to the tee. 

Elegantly dressed, the hosts took turns on stage delivered, amongst them Zizo Tshwete, Ditshebo Ditsego, Lumka Johnson, Penny Lebyane and Louw Breytanbach who brought in a surprise speech by The President of The Republic, Cyril Ramaphosa who made sure he didn’t miss an alphabet in his speech, slowly calling out LGBTQIA+. The House of Pink brought the roof down with laughter and chuckles. Live performance by Lady Du, Tamara Dey, Holly Rey and our very own Mzansi Gay Choir left us jaw dropped. 

Award recipients took to the stage to accept their accolades uniquely and in style. Some with jubilation and dance, some with solidarity slogan chants. When Phuti Minaj accepted his in a very emotional state, in tears he said it was an honour to receive such an award for a sport that had put him through a lot of pain. Phuti is a professional footballer player and the first to come out as queer within a sport that has been “hetero” dominated. He won the Sports Person of the year, well deserved Phuti. 

Congratulations to Thami Dish and Team for yet another successful show, we see you! And here are the winners:

Best Styled Individual
Zozibini Tunzi and Rich Mnisi

 

Hunk of the Year
Wiseman Zithar

 

Diva Extraordinaire of the Year
Johanna Mukoki

 

Sport Personality of the Year
Phuti “Minaj “ Lekoloane

 

Role Model of the Year
Roche Kester

Cutest Couple of the Year
Sylvester Chauke & Tumelo Mmusi

 

Hot Chick of the Year
Shudufadzo Musida

 

Media Award of the Year
Becoming

 

Fag hag of the Year
Lady Du

 

Musician of the Year
Makhadzi and Lady Du

 

Socialite of the Year
Lelo WhatsGood

 

Drama Queen of the Year
Khanyi Mbau

 

Social Media Personality of the Year
Coachella Randy

 

Best LGBTIQ Initiative (Private Sector)
Ernest & Young

 

Best LGBTIQ Initiative (Public Sector)
Gauteng Department of Education

 

Best LGBTIQ Youth Movement
Vaal LGBT

 

Best Rainbow Parenting
Virginia Magwaza 

 

African Feather Award
Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

 

Simon Nkoli Award
David Tlale

 

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