Despite many people still being homophobic, there are many local celebrities who are out and proud.
The world is observing International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), and millions of people are proudly displaying their rainbow flags.
The day, which is celebrated in over 120 countries, commemorates the day in 1990 when WHO decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
These celebrities don’t need a special day to show their support for the LGBT community, because they do so every day of their lives.
Idols SA judge and choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo, is openly gay 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. 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.”
Singer Thandiswa Mazwai is not one to excessively flaunt her private life on social media. But she took to Instagram on Mother’s Day to share a picture of the special women in her life. “To the mother of my child…#happymothersday,” she said.
Bujy Bikwa’s larger-than-life personality has seen him gain scores of fans over the years. But life was not always been 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