…receives 420 nominees for 30 categories
Namibia’s LGBTQI community will be celebrating the Spectrum Awards which aim to highlight the work that has been done by different personalities within and outside of the LGBTQI community.
The event which will be held on the 10th of December has received a staggering number of 420 nominations for only 40 categories.
Speaking to unWrap this week, Spectrum awards media communication, Gerhard Mason elaborated that the awards were meant to influence the advancement of the LGBTQI community.
“We are passionate about visibility and creating events that have a direct impact on the lives of the LGBTQI and overboard. With this specific event, we want to highlight the work that has been done by different personalities within and outside of the LGBTQI community to influence the advancement of the LGBTQI community. The event is set to celebrate queer existence and history and embrace activism progress in Namibia.
“The event would like to identify, appreciate and acknowledge these brave personalities and institutions that have dedicated themselves to influencing the advancement of LGBTQI rights and modern culture. We believe the work that was done and is still being done has paved the way for the new and upcoming generation. The Pride Awards are the first of its kind in Namibia and the event will be known as the Spectrum Pride Awards,” Mason stated.
Mason also said that the unavailability of sponsors is also making event planning difficult.
“Currently at the moment, we have one sponsor, Educate for Africa, that has come on board to assist us. We are so grateful to them. However, the event requires a huge amount of manpower and most importantly a financial boost.
“We have reached out to different stakeholders and we still are, but we have not gotten any positive responses from them. We are however hopeful that we will get other sponsors to come on board. There is a cash prize attached to the trophy that each category winner will receive.
A total of 106 nominees were received and about 432 nominations in total.
There are 20 categories in total as follows:
Best LGBTQI corporate personality of the y
Best LGBTQI Entrepreneur/Business of the year
Best Rainbow parenting of the year
Best Social Media Influencer/Media personality of the year
Best Music artist of the year
Best Media Production personality of the year
Best Poet/Author of the year
Best Civil Society of the year
Best Activist/feminist of the year
Best LGBQI Couple of the year
Best LGBTQI event of the year
Best LGBTQI Stylist/Fashion designer of the year
Best LGBTQI Make up artist of the year
Best LGBTQI dancer of the year
Best Youth movement of the year