This year’s Feather Awards celebrate and honour LGBTQIA+ activists in a private ceremony.
Now in its13th year, the annual event is dedicated to LGBTQIA+ activists who are doing impactful work in communities across the country.
The awards will also pay homage to supportive media bodies, LGBTQIA+ student movements, and selected role models who continue to support the community.
Internationally recognised fashion design icon, David Tlale will be honoured with the Simon Nkoli Award.
Under the “Queer Lives Matter” slogan, the awards seek to address the multiple array of queer issues including violent crimes against the LGBTQIA+ community.
The event has evolved from solely an award celebration to a full array of well planned and executed LGBTQIA+ advocacy activations taking place throughout the year.
The awards ceremony is set to take place on Thursday, November 11, at a private ceremony in Johannesburg.
Thami Kotlolo, co-founder of the Feather Awards said: “It's been an interesting 13 years building these Awards as a community.
“From starting out as a small celebration at a nightclub in Rosebank, the Feathers is now a whole teenager, a fully operational powerhouse of programmes.
“Through the awards we have showcased, celebrated and shared the South African LGBTIQ community with not only the African continent but also the world at large,” Kotlolo said.
“They have also helped empower the country through dialogues and workshops, making their voice heard in communities in the public and private sector ” he said.
‘This year we are celebrating the entire community with the Queer Lives Matter theme. It's been thirteen years in the making, so here's to the next milestone, onward to adulthood,” said Kotlolo.
The Feather Awards 2021 nominees are:
Best Styled Individual
Hunk of the Year
Diva Extraordinaire of the Year
Role model of the Year
Phuthi ‘Minaj’ Lekoloane
Musa & Liesel Mthombeni
Sylvester Chauke & Tumelo Mmusi
Latoya & Lebo Keswa
Hot Chick of the Year
Media Award of the Year
Shake Down YFM
Fag hag of the Year
Musician of the Year
Socialite of the Year
Drama Queen of the Year
Nonku Williams and her Mom
Thabo Smalls & KeJile keJile
Social Media Personality of the Year
The Funny Chef
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector
Levis X Langa Mavuso
Ernest & Young
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Public Sector
Gauteng Department of Education
Department of Education Western Cape
National Youth Development Agency
Best LGBTIQ Youth Movement
Queer Lives Matter
Best Rainbow Parenting
House of Diamond (Original Hunty)
Bongani Sibeko & Ndumiso Ngidi