Despite a large percentage of South Africans still being homophobic, there are quite a few local celebrities who are out and proud and does not mind showing their support for our diverse and sometimes complicated LGBT community in their every day lives.
Here’s a few of them. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section below or Contact us if you would like someone specifically featured.
Idols SA judge and choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo, is out and proud and not afraid to speak to his mind.
“I tell it like it is … It comes from being in the township, being gay, and standing up for what I believe in from an early age. I’ve never been in the closet. Never. [So] I never came out. I’ve never denied my sexuality,” he told Sunday Times in 2015.
This year he recognised IDAHOT by posting a picture on Instagram of a rainbow flag with the message: “Keep calm and be proud of who you are.”
Toya De Lazy
Singer Toya Delazy is known to push boundaries and challenge people’s way of thinking, especially when it comes hating someone just because of their sexuality.
The video for her single Forbidden Fruit advocated for gay rights, and features gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples kissing.
The former Yo.TV presenter is openly lesbian and has supported causes aimed at putting an end to bullying of any kind, and for whatever reason.
“It doesn’t matter what race you are, what nationality you are, what sexual orientation you are, we are supposed to love each other,” she said in a 2013 video for the Triangle Project Helpline. “I don’t care what people have to say about the fact that I do like girls, and that I am lesbian…I am completely okay with that.”
While singer Thandiswa Mazwai do not excessively flaunt her private life on social media she does show she cares on the odd occasion. For example, she took to Instagram on Mother’s Day to share a picture of the special women in her life.
Bikwa’s larger-than-life personality, Bujy, has seen him gain scores of fans over the years.
But life was not always easy for the entertainer.
“The gay insults started showing when got into senior high school. It was never easy bullying me because I was good at giving a beat down. But you know how insensitive learners can be, I had to sometimes try limiting myself so I won’t be judged or my mom would want me to play with boys so I don’t become gay,” he said in an interview with Gayhaviour, a queer lifestyle blog.
Once again: – Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section below or Contact us if you would like someone specifically featured.