by Lerato Dumse
Sitting in a high chair and waiting for the pageant to start, Mapaseka Mthunzi braved the cold Friday night weather, to watch her daughter Sharon “Sicka Star-Ban”.
Sicka is one of the fourteen participants in the third Mr & Miss Gay Daveyton 2014, which took place on October 3, Two tone a popular lounge from the township.
Mapaseka says accepting and supporting her lesbian daughter, as well as showing how proud she is as her mother, made her come to the event.
She shares that its also part of Sicka Star-ban’s birthday presents, having celebrated her 20th birthday recently.
“I want to see how the LGBTI community lives, because what is important to my child like this pageant, is also important to me,” adds Mapaseka.
While Jos’phine Thebyane and her three daughters occupied the front row seats, ready to show support to younger sister Christina “PR Chrissie”.
Jos’phine says she supports her daughter, because being lesbian is her choice.
She said other children end up committing suicide because of families not being supportive of their sexual orientation.
While Kgomotso Mashapa’s mother said it was her first time watching her child on the ramp, participating in the Miss Gay Daveyton category.
Kgomotso’s mother reveals that she also entered beauty pageants such as Miss Daveyton and Miss Ellerines in the 80s, and was crowned as a 2nd princess.
After doing an introduction wearing their casual wear, contestants surprised and impressed the audience, when they walked on stage wearing African traditional regalia from the ÍsiZulu, Siswati, SePedi culture and African tribal print.
Organiser, Lesiba Mothibe says the traditional wear made its debut to the show as part of the 20years of Heritage celebrations in South Africa.
Lesiba adds that it is also to dispel myths that homosexuals are not African.
“I saw the pride on the contestants as they walked on stage,” continues Lesiba.
She explains that hosting this pageant is part of her activism.
“I’m saying to people of Ekurhuleni Municipality, we are here to stay and living proof that God continues to bless us, which is evidenced in the many talents we have in our LGBTI community,” Lesiba says.
The first Miss Gay Daveyton was hosted in 2003, with Lesiba taking home the title.
It was only in 2013 that the second one was held, and Lesiba says it took her three years to plan for it.
Making personal sacrifices is required when organising an event with a limited budget, she adds.
Elaborating on her passion for showing the existence of feminine gay men and transwomen.
Echoing her sentiments, fellow organiser, Nomsa Themba talks about the pressure of helping to organise a pageant.
She outlines finding the right venue, the ramp, marketing the event and working with contestants and their different characters, as one of the major challenges.
Labelz Glamore was able to keep the audience in stitches with her witty humor, as MC of the event.
The contestants looked elegant in their evening wear.
Lesiba explained that its about glamor, and to show how they will look when attending red carpet events.
Lesiba said the pageant needs a Queen who can carry the baton forward as well as a King who can stand up against hate crime.
After contestants were asked randomly selected questions, it was time to crown the winners.