by Kopano Sibeko
Those were the words expressed by one of the beauty queens failing to answer the question at the first ever Miss Gay Limpopo hosted by Limpopo Proudly Out LGBTI group on the 10th May 2013 at Blue Moon bar and nightclub. The event drew a lot of patrons who came in to witness history in the making.
Six beauty Queens from in and around Limpopo participated in the pageant to be crowned the first ever Miss Gay Limpopo.
As we arrived at the venue, flamboyant gay men and lesbians hovered outside the nightclub as they anticipated the event to start. You can tell from the atmosphere that everyone was excited to witness what was about to happen in a couple of hours time.
The Inkanyiso crew got into the venue, to observe and document the scenery. We were actually the only local/ LGBTI – queer media to record in detail that special event. Unfortunately we were forgotten the following day after Limpopo Pride march when organisations that supported the initiative were called on stage to share their thoughts.
As we got in at Blue Moon, loud echoes of men acting rather delinquent greeted us. Confused we were told we had to go up another level, as the venue has two floors and the pageant organisers had booked the VIP area upstairs.
As we got to the VIP area the place was laid out in preparation of the event. In the background you could hear people talking and the words I could pick up were “where’s my blush”, “have you seen my dress” and immediately I was intrigued by what was happening behind the curtain that divided the stage area and the changing area.
Out of curiosity I went to take a peek and I found beautiful gay men, looking amazingly ravishing. I, for one have never seen so much sex appeal in femme gay ‘men’.
30 minutes later the place was packed, the most gorgeous dreadlocked lesbian MC, Makh Shimange was welcoming people and the DJ was pumping it up, everything was just a buzz. The Judges were introduced as one of our members Lesego Tlhwale was asked to be one of the judges.
The contestants started strutting their stuff, their first appearance was with casual wear, than swimsuits followed by evening wear and closed the show with their drag outfits.
In between the contests, Nape an upcoming gay hip hop star performed his debut single Versatile which was a nice song, but due to poor sound quality at the club we couldn’t make up half of the words in his song.
As if the sound wasn’t enough of downfall, one of the two contestants that were dancing for him fell off the stage, let’s just say perfection also has hurdles.
The interesting part of the event came, and this time, the contestants were not just judged on their beauty and beautiful long legs. They were now judged on their brains. It was rather disappointing that most of our feminine beautifully dressed competitors were beauties who lacked LGBTI political consciousness. From where I was standing, most of questions that were asked were general questions, or could it be that the judges were too hard on them?
One of the contestants was asked “Which part of your body you don’t like?
The beauty could not even express thyself instead just said – Actually, absolutely, definitely no!
That answer was really out of context than for a person to be straightforward and be relevant.
Another question seemed simply was to another beauty queen who claimed to have won some 2006 gay beauty pageant.
Question: “When was the gay marriage passed in South Africa?”
The person said two years ago, imagine we are in 2013 now for a South African queer person not to know that the Civil Union Act (2006) was legalized 7 years ago. That means that we still have a long way to go as LGBTI individuals in our communities that is in terms of ensuring that we need to be knowledgeable and be educated around the South African Sexual Politics.
I don’t know, but all I’m saying is that we need to be progressive and relevant, as Zanele Muholi would put it, being gay is not a career.
The main prize for this particular contest was that the winner would partake in the National Miss Gay South Africa at the end of the year. Maybe I had high expectations for the queens, but how do we expect them to represent the Limpopian gay community if Basic English language cannot be comprehended, we can’t run away from the fact that it is a universal language.
Overall the event went well, Ycer was crowned the Queen and his counterparts, and Minoj was 1st princess and Thabo 2nd princess.
Ycer’s mother was there, to support her son, and I must say it’s good to know that some parents are accepting and are supportive of their homosexual children.
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