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Pink Feather Awards is a Go

Press release submitted by Sinenhlanhla Mdiya

08/06/2016 - The Chevrolet Feather Awards have started ruffling feathers and making statements, earlier and boldly this year. The glitzy awards show has joined the cause to impact the lives of LGBTI communities through the show and extended that through social initiatives and partnerships. This has seen the establishment of dialogues that highlight the discrimination and stigma against LGBTI people. In 2015 the awards held their biggest community dialogue, which had representatives from the Gauteng departments of Health, Community Safety and Education. Furthermore, other organisations such as the Films and Publications Board, OUT LGBTI Wellbeing and Ekurhuleni Pride Organisation Committee supported the initiative.

In 2016 the Chevy Feathers will celebrate their 8th anniversary and to this end, the team has decided to take the dialogues beyond Gauteng. The Chevy Feather Awards National LGBTI Dialogues will be hosted in all eight provinces to the exclusion of Gauteng. Northern Cape and Limpopo have had their dates.

The dialogues are hosted in partnership with long standing sponsors Chevrolet and Films and Publications Board, joined by the Thami Dish Foundation, an education foundation founded by Thami Kotlolo who is also the co-founder of the Awards. To ensure that the dialogues are robust and relevant, the team will partner with regional LGBTI NGO’s from the identified locations. Topics of discussion will range from hate crimes, LGBTI identities, HIV/AIDS, sexual health and access to services.

“This year’s theme is ‘it took a community to get here’ and this is true to the journey of the Feathers’. We have enjoyed support from various sectors and societies and now the time has come to pay it forward. These dialogues are only one facet of the broader vision and the growth path we are following. As the Chevy Feather Awards team we believe there is a need to share our platform with communities. It is also important to have conversations that many are afraid to have and to play a role in changing ideologies.– Thami Kotlolo, Founder and Creative Director.

The next dialogue will be held:
Date: 11 June 2016
Venue: Mmabana Cultural Centre, Mafikeng
Time: 9:30 – 12:00
Theme: Navigating religion, tradition and sexuality
Speakers: OUT LGBTI Wellbeing, Human Rights Commission, Gays and Lesbians of Rustenburg.

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