LGBTI COMMUNITY STEPS OUT OF THE CLOSET
Caption: Attendees of the event.
Picture courtesy of Mandisa Mazibuko
Written by: Zama Ngcoya
Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community and their supporters were treated to a night of good food, beverages and epic performances when they came out in their numbers to attend another edition of the Out of the Closet event held at the Urban Lounge on Saturday.
According to event organiser, Mandisa Mazibuko, the term for the event came after her observation of the homosexual community.
“The term comes from an LGBTI community which refers to being open and confident about your sexuality. It means accepting who you are with no fear of discrimination. I used the term because I felt it could encourage people to be free and open about their sexuality,” said Mazibuko.
She added that the mission of these event is to inspire other homosexuals to live life openly whilst being honest with themselves. The events are hosted with a vision of educating people about homosexuals, uniting their community, creating a social hub and a great place for business networking.
Mazibuko said that her love for music played a role in the establishment of the events.
“It all started with a vision. I had a vision to open an entertainment company (Tamatis Ent) that would assist me with building my music and putting it out there in the public. It’s not easy being booked as an upcoming artist, so the solution was to host my own events targeting a different target market. I saw a gap in Durban night life for my people, I grabbed the opportunity after assisting a team with hosting Durban Pride. I have never stopped since then and we are growing each time,” she added.
The first event was a team effort as Mazibuko was involved in the previous Durban Pride After Party held on the 23rd of July, which had a great turnout and she has never stopped since. When the pride was over, Out of the Closet filled in the gap.
Mazibuko added that she does not have a particular criteria for her line-up.
“I always encourage people to send their demos via emails to Mandisa.Mazibuko@durban.gov.za, especially my LGBTI, because we want to uplift our people,” she said.
For Snethemba Hadebe, a member of the LGBTI community, these events never disappoint.
“I felt at home because I am used to going there and it is a fun place to see cool people and just have fun,” said Hadebe.
Mazibuko encouraged people to look out for many more Out of the Closet in the weeks to come.