The highly anticipated Feather Awards is almost upon us and earlier today the colourful list of 2022 nominees were announced following the hoisting of the Pride flag at the home of human rights Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.
The intimate affair boasted speakers including this year's Award hosts the Modiselle sisters, Refilwe, Bontle and Candice, Thami Dish as well as the reigning Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri alongside Miss SA CEO Stephanie Courtney-Weil. Other speakers included Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe, Constitutional Hill's Janine Muthusamy, Dawn Robertson, Zingisa Jemsana - COO of Market Theatre, PFSAQ's Linah Ngwenya, Fundi Ndaba from FEW and Sign language activist Andiswa Gebashe.
The awards return to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and set to take place on Thursday, 10th November 2022.
Category nominees which comprised of individuals and organisations from both the private and business sectors are selected by a knowledgeable panel consisting of members of the media and entertainment industry, who are firmly in touch with what’s hot and what's not on the South African social circuit.
Each nominated individual, organisation or brand, have in one way or the other either represented, inspired, or celebrated the LGBTIQ+ community with excellence and distinction over the past twelve months. These nominees are selected from industries across lifestyle (entertainment, arts and sports), politics and even business.
The Feathers Awards, now in it’s 14th year is done in partnership with the Thami Dish Foundation who focus on desensitising the LGBTIQ community to the public at large, via the LGBTIQ+ Dialogues, Workshop and Trainings done in communities across South Africa.
“There is still much work to be done. COVID19 slowed down the process and now it’s time to accelerate the transformation and get back on track. And it’s going to take all of us to do it. From the public sector and the private sector, government and businesses need to put their money where their mouths are” commented Thami Kotlolo, co-founder of the Feather Awards.
"Inclusivity is not about celebrating the community for a few days in a year. Government and corporates need to support the community, get involved in programmes and initiatives 365 days of the year, not just in June or October when the exercise of ticking boxes needs to happens. We, the queer community, are unfvcken apologetic about being heard, being seen, being recognised and been included. This doesn’t take away from organisations who offer unwavering support for the community. We see you and value your support. To all the nominees best of luck for the upcoming awards next month."
AND THE FEATHER AWARDS 2022 NOMINEES ARE… Best Styled Individual
Hunk of the Year
Diva Extraordinaire of the Year
Sports Personality of the Year
Role model of the Year
Koleka Putuma and Robyn
Lamiez Holworthy and Khuli Chana
Boity Thulo and Anton Jefta
Hot Chick of the Year
Media Award of the Year.
Fag hag of the Year
Designer of the Year (new category)
Sello Medupi for Scalo
Socialite (Seen at every opening of an envelope or an erection of a stop sign)
Birth of Stars
Social Media Personality of the Year
Birth of Stars
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector
Proctor and Gamble
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Public Sector
Department of Social Development
Best LGBTIQ Youth Movement
Best Rainbow Parenting
Treyvonne Moo (House of Diamonds)
Buhle and Botshelo
This year, the Simon Nkoli Award will be awarded to internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Gregory Magoma.