In a society that still frowns on members of the LGBTQ, it’s refreshing to see some people who have decided to live their truth and love out loudly and proudly.
We take a look at some of our celebrities who openly identify as LGBTQ, and they are actively advocating for the rights of members of the LGBTQ.
Wendelinus Hamutenya is one of those who are not afraid to live their truth. He is openly gay and an advocate for the rights of members of the LGBTQ in Namibia.
Hamutenya’s journey to living openly was not easy; when he first came out to his family, they refused to accept him for who he is and put him in a mental health facility. However, they slowly came to terms, and they are now his biggest supporters.
In 2011, when Namibia held its first Mr. Gay pageant, he was crowned the winner. He is currently the CEO of Mr. Gay pageant Namibia.
Towards the end of 2021, Wendelinus Hamutenya hit the news after his husband, Immanuel Jeremiah, attacked and stabbed him following a domestic misunderstanding. Luckily, he recovered, and the two reconciled.
Ricardo Amunjera and his husband- Marc Themba, recorded history for being the first gay Namibian couple to get married.
The lovely couple met online through a mutual friend, and they described their romance as love at first conversation. They tied their nuptials in South Africa, and they currently live in Namibia, where they advocate for gay rights.
Ricardo is also a former Mr. Gay Namibia, having won the pageant competition in 2013.
Jay Aeron is a big name in the beauty industry. She is a model, an influencer, and an award-winning make-up artist who has worked for several big names, including Namibia’s first lady, Monica Geingos, and South African actress Lelethi Khumalo.
Jay Aeron identifies as queer and is the self-proclaimed queer queen of Namibia.
She is also an activist for the LGBTQ community, and in 2020, she was one of the judges at the Miss Trans Ambassador Pageant.
Somizi is a renowned South African actor, media host, and choreographer. He was cast as Fire in the 1992 popular film- Sarafina and has worked in several great projects as a choreographer, including the opening and closing ceremony of the 2010 and 2013 FIFA Worldcup.
Somizi, who was once in a relationship with Palesa Madisakwane and even has a daughter, lived in the closet for a long time before finally coming out as gay.
In 2018, he got engaged to Mohale Tebogo Motaung, a South African model, and the two got married in 2020 in a beautiful white wedding.
This union didn’t last for long, and the two went their separate ways after accusations of cheating and physical abuse.
In 2021, Somizi came out as pansexual, saying that he could date anyone he was attracted to regardless of their gender.
“I am pansexual. I am attracted to whoever I am attracted to at the time so even if I was to meet a beautiful woman now, I would date her.” He said
Lasizwe, whose real name is Thulasizwe Siphiwe Dambuza, is one of the most popular social media influencers and vloggers in South Africa. He is also a television personality, radio host, actor, and comedian.
The 23-year old, who openly identifies as gay, first realized he was gay when he was 15 but his coming out was not well received. He says he lost a lot of friends, and his late mother refused to talk to him for six months.
Even though there have been a lot of speculations about who Lasizwe is dating, the star has managed to keep his dating life very private.