We are joined by the one and only “That Gay” Thami Dish, for the cook-a-long. Thami is one of the hardest working people in South Africa, as a radio presenter, but he is also an entrepreneur, change agent, the President of ANC LGBTI League, and he is the founder of the Feather Awards.
Thami grew up as an active youngster, taking part in sports, and by the time that he was 15 years old, he was the choreographer of his own dance club in high school. His strong personality is what made him popular in high school and it allowed him to be who he was without fear of the other pupils. After school he went on to study Musical Theatre studies and the Tshwane University of Technology. Even though after that he went on to work behind the scenes in production, first as an assistant production manager, at a marketing and advertising company. Then worked as a production coordinator at SABC Africa. It was here that he also got his introduction into radio, as he got his first radio gig on YFM, on a weekend mid-morning slot.
Then in 2008, he and Baby Joe Careira came up with an idea that would shake up the landscape of award shows in South Africa, by having the first ever LGBTI award show in South Africa, resulting in the Feather Awards. The aim of the awards was to celebrate and honour public figures who empower and support the LGBTI community.