The 12th annual Feather Awards which were held at the Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, South Africa on Wednesday night saw a number of LGBTIQ personalities receive accolades for their advocacy work towards the rights of the sexual and gender minority community. Among these was the Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, Dr Frank Mugisha who received the Feather African Award of the Year.
Dr Mugisha who is also the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and Thorold Rafto Memorial Prize 2011 shared that he was humbled to have been nominated and given this award.
“It’s an honor for the LGBT community in Uganda to receive this award from South Africa. This re-affirms what we have been saying, LGBT rights are human rights and we are part of the African society. The award comes at a time when the LGBT community in Uganda needs so much support and solidarity from Africa and around the world, we need the solidarity and combined effort given the times we are working in now, because of the Covid Pandemic,” Dr Mugisha said of the relevance of this prestigious award.
The Feather Awards are an annual South African event dedicated to uplifting the names of LGBTIQ+ activists who are doing important work in communities across the country and continent at large. The wards also pay homage to supportive media bodies, LGBTIQ+ student movements and selected role models who enrich and back the community.
Below is a list of the overall winners
Hunk of the Year
Hot Chick of the Year
Sports Personality of the Year
Best Rainbow Parent
Best LGBTIQ Student Movement
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Public Sector
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector
Engage Men’s Health
Diva Extraordinaire of the Year
Media Award of the Year
Social Media Personality of the Year
Cutest Couple of the Year
Vaivi Swartz and Sape Maodi-Swartz
Role Model of the Year
Dr Dulcy Stapler Rakumakoe
Drama Queen of the Year
Somizi and “Dinner at Somizis”
Socialite of the Year
Olwethu ‘Olwee’ Mlotshwa
Musician of the Year
Fag Hag of The Year
Shumi Dantile and Siv Ngesi
African Feather of the Year
Simon Nkoli Award