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Miss Universe Catriona Gray comes out in support of SA LGBTIQ+ community

Miss Universe Catriona Gray comes out in support of SA LGBTIQ+ communit

Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray came out in support of the South African LGBTIQ+ community today, speaking out against prejudice and hate in her keynote address at the Feathers LGBTI+ Campus Dialogue event held at Wits University.

The Filipino-Australian beauty who is in the country as part of the Miss South Africa 2019 judging panel, was the guest of honour at the Feathers National LGBTI Campus Dialogue, “Bursting Binaries: Lived Experiences of Queer Students”, and pledged to continue to fight for equal rights of all people.

Topics included “Understanding Human Sexuality & Terminologies” as well as a discussion around the “Toxic Res Culture: Safety of Queer Bodies on Campus”.
Gray is using the global weight and power of her Miss Universe platform to continue her support of the LGBT+ community.

During her reign, Gray has been vocal about the need for communities of all backgrounds, religions and race to come together to understand one another as a global pursuit to achieve equality for all.

Jay Judah Matlou, head of programmes at the Thami Dish Foundation said: “We are delighted to have hosted Miss Universe, Catriona Gray. She shines a global spotlight on this community and fights for equal rights for all.”


  • The Miss South Africa Pageant will be held on Women’s Day, Friday, August 9, at Sun Arena, Time Square, Pretoria.
  • The glittering event will be broadcast live on M-Net and Mzanzi.
  • It will also be live-streamed on the Miss SA YouTube channel
  • Feed from the Red Carpet will live-stream on the Miss South Africa Facebook Channel
  • The Thami Dish Foundation supports LGBTIQ+ individuals from disadvantaged communities in South Africa through empowering and affirming solutions in education and social structures.
  • ACTIVATE WITS is an LGBTIQ+ rights advocacy society at WITS that aims to create safe and social spaces for gender and sexual minorities at WITS University.
  • The Feather Awards honour public figures who have captivated, inspired and empowered the LGBTI community.


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