Entertainment

A look back at homosexuality on South African TV screens: In South Africa, television shows have often been at the forefront of making gays and lesbians a little more visible and human in the homes of millions of viewers. Angie Gallagher takes a look at how far we've come.
Thami Kotlolo announces LGBTIQ+ shelter on his birthday: Activist, philanthropist and entrepreneur Thami Kotlolo used his star-studded birthday celebration to announce plans to launch a much-needed LGBTIQ+ shelter in Johannesburg.
South Africa queer works score in Christian media awards: Two queer-themed works have won awards in the Andrew Murray Prize Fund, which recognises excellence and quality in the Christian media world. And the winners include a former Mr Gay World contestant!
Everybody’s fave! Meet the multi-talented DJ Olwee: Olwethu Mlotshwa goes by the name 'Ms Party' on Twitter and in his bio he describes himself as "DJ, TV director, gay and One Big Festival". Many of us, however, know him as DJ Olwee.
Knysna gym owner named Mr Gay World South Africa: Meet the 42-year-old gym owner who's just been named South Africa's delegate at the upcoming Mr Gay World 2019 contest in Cape Town.
Court gives Brenda Fassie movie the green light: The rights to the long-awaited movie about the life of Brenda Fassie, one of South Africa’s greatest LGBT icons, has been settled in the High Court in Pretoria.
Men’s swimwear gallery: Hey sailor!: Male model Alberto García Cabrera celebrates the life of a Mediterranean seaman in a sensual new men's swimwear photoshoot for Modus Vivendi.
George Clooney adds voice to growing Brunei gay execution outrage: Hollywood actor George Clooney is among those demanding action against Brunei which is set to impose death by stoning as a punishment for homosexuality.
Beyoncé says “LGBTQI rights are human rights”: An emotional Beyoncé has dedicated her GLAAD media award to her late gay uncle while also calling for families to accept their LGBTQ children.
Here are the men competing to be Mr Gay World South Africa: Voting is open for the Mr Gay World South Africa competition and you can pick your favourite now to represent South Africa at the upcoming Mr Gay World™ in Cape Town.
The OA actor Ian Alexander on trans representation (Watch): The OA star Ian Alexander, one of the few openly transgender men on television, has spoken out about trans representation in the media.
Getting naked: Armand Aucamp on coming out the closet: Hunky South African actor Armand Aucamp recently came out as a gay man. In an interview with MambaOnline, he opened up about his sexuality, living in the closet and coming to terms with his true self.
Die Stropers (The Harvesters) – The Mamba Review: Die Stropers (The Harvesters) - the latest acclaimed queer film to come out of South Africa - is a moody and unsettling meditation on family, secrets and identity.
Dance: The Rise of the African Queer: A new show by South African queer performance artist Kieron Jina at Dance Umbrella Africa in Pretoria next month will highlight gender non-conforming issues and the ascendance of African art.
“Your own special creation” – Sam Smith on being non-binary genderqueer: Sam Smith has revealed that he doesn't consider himself male or female and that he's been plagued by body shaming issues all his life.
Jussie Smollett ordered by judge to attend his trial: Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been ordered to attend each day of his trial by the judge overseeing his case or face re-arrest.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z to be honoured for promoting LGBTQ acceptance: Superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be awarded for their LGBTQ allyship at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles later this month.
Clan-destine LGBTQI+ exhibition travels the country: Clan-destine - the lived realities of African LGBTIQ+ is a traveling exhibition of art and photography hosted by the Gateway Health Institute that tells the stories of LGBTQI+ in Africa.
Confronting tradition and masculinity in heels – Bongani Njalo: Artist Bongani Njalo performed his provocative piece Abafana Abafani ('boys are not the same') in Port Elizabeth last month. We spoke to him about homophobia, masculinity and the censoring of the film Inxeba.
Here are the top queer South African celebrities and entertainers: Local LGBTQ celebs are increasingly open about their identity, but it wasn't always so. Here's our list of the top past and present queer South African celebrities and entertainers.