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Feather Awards nominees announced

The nominees of the highly anticipated Feather Awards 13 have been announced.

The popular awards are set to take place next month at the Market Theatre in Joburg, and they will be aptly themed Queer Lives Matter in line with the global conversation that seeks to address the issues facing the LGBTQI+ community, that includes violent crimes.

The awards will be hosted by radio personalities Lumko Johnson, Penny Lebyane and Ditshego Disthego.

According to the organisers of the awards, the awards plan to amplify the plight of the community during the build-up to the awards and have also dedicated themselves to uplifting the names of the LGBTQI+ activists who are doing impactful work in various communities across the country.

Speaking to Daily Sun, co-founder Thami Kotlolo said it has 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 LGBTQI+ community with not only the African continent but also the world at large. 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.

Here is the full of the nominees:

Best Styled Individual (This category is for individuals who have consistently kept to their style throughout the year)

Leroy Marc

Rich Mnisi

Zozibini Tunzi

Hunk of the Year (These men just ooze the X-factor, you look at them and you just want a strong hug)

Siya Khumalo

Wiseman Zithar

Rich Mnisi

Diva Extraordinaire of the Year (These women are who always carry themselves well and they have a strong presence)

Johanna Mukoki

Ayanda Ncwane

Amanda Dambuza

Sports Personality of the Year (People that have inspired in the world of sports)

Phuti ‘Minaj’ Lekoloane

Protea Pumas

Palesa Manaleng Role model of the Year (They never put their foot wrong in the public eye, they continue to inspire and contribute positively to society)

Phuthi ‘Minaj’ Lekoloane

Roché Kester

Thebe Magugu

Cutest Couple (these are couples people adore and look up to)

Musa & Liesel Mthombeni

Sylvester Chauke & Tumelo Mmusi

Latoya & Lebo Keswa

Hot Chick of the Year (These are women who ooze all kinds of appeals)

Kamo Mphela

Shudufadzo Musida

Ama Qamatha

Media Award of the Year

Becoming

ShakeDown YFM

The River

Fag hag of the Year (Need we say more, they never leave their home without their favorite accessories, a gay friend)

Lady Du

Zoe Modiga

Nokuthula Mavuso

Musician (Musician we love to listen to on and off stage)

Lady Du

Makhadzi

Langa Mavuso

Socialite (Seen at every opening of an envelope or an erection of a stop sign)

Johanna Mukoki

Lelo WhatGood

Bobby Blanco

Drama Queen –(These are personalities we read about every Sunday over breakfast, their lives revolve around a lot of dramatic behavior or situation)

Nonku Williams and her Mom

Thabo Smalls & KeJile keJile

Khanyi Mbau

Social Media Personality of the Year

The Funny Chef

Coachella Randy

Tumi Powerhouse

Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector

Levis X Langa Mavuso

Ernest & Young

Tshepo Jeans

Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Public Sector

Gauteng Department of Education

Department of Education Western Cape

National Youth Development Agency Best LGBTIQ Youth Movement

Vaal LGBT

Vogue Nights

Queer Lives Matter Best Rainbow Parenting

House of Diamond (Original Hunty)

Bongani Sibeko & Ndumiso Ngidi

Virginia Magwaza

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