The nominees of the 2019 Feather Awards were announced on Thursday at Constitution Hill.
As always, the list comprises a representation of the creative, business and entertainments sector’s most inspiring, amusing, controversial and coveted personalities.
The common denominator is that they’re individuals who, in one way or the other, have either inspired, amused, scandalized or represented the LGBTQI++ community with distinction.
From sportspeople such as Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk, to social media personalities such as Dr. Sindi van Zyl, divas like Somizi and Bonnie Mbuli, drama queens like Rachel Kolosi, musicians such as Busiswa, parents to LGBTQI+ luminaries such as Mally Simelane, and LGBTQI+ corporate initiatives such as Nike’s Be True initiative.
The Feathers nominee list is a fascinating snapshot of individuals, projects and movements who’ve made a difference.
Over the 11 years of its existence, the Feather Awards has evolved from an event that focused solely on the Awards aspect, to including a regular programme of LGBTIQI+ advocacy programmes that take place over the year, many of them focused on vulnerable LGBTQI+ youth.
Radio and television personality Moshe Ndiki took to Twitter to share the exciting news about being the host for this year's prestigious event.
PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT ILL BE YOUR HOST FOR THE #FEATHERS11
Thank you @FeathersSA for this opportunity to serve my community ♥️🌈
Mally Simelane (posthumous nomination) – mother to the late Banyana Banyana player and LGBTQI+ activist Eudy Simelane.
Felicia Leqela – Lumko Johnson’s Mother
Diva Extraordinaire of the Year – These individuals always carry themselves well and they have a strong presence.
Social Media Personality Of the Year
Dr Sindi Van Zyl
The Funny Chef
Cutest Couple – these are couples people adore and look up to.
Moshe Ndiki & Phelo Bala
Sylvester Chauke & Tumelo Mmusi
Dineo Moeketsi & Solo
Role model of the Year – They never put their foot wrong in the public eye, they continue to contribute positively to society.
Drama Queen – These are personalities we read about every Sunday over breakfast, their lives revolve around a lot of dramatic behavior or situation.
Bujy & Nandos
Metro FM & the Msunery drama
Socialite – Seen at every opening of an envelope or an erection of a stop sign.
Musician – musician we love to listen to on and off stage
Fag hag of the Year – Need we say more, they never leave their home without their favorite accessories, a gay friend.
Feather Of The Year – Justice Edwin Cameron
African Feather Of Year – Linda RM Baumann (Namibia)
Category finalists and winners are selected and adjudicated by a panel consisting of members of the media and entertainment industry who’re firmly in touch with what’s hot on the South African social circuit.