Bonnie Mbuli slams homophobia: ‘I was raised by gay men & women in the industry’

Bonnie Mbuli slams homophobia: ‘I was raised by gay men & women in the industry’

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 07: Bonnie Mbuli during the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse on January 07, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Yolanda Saayman/Gallo Images)

Bonnie Mbuli, pictured during the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, has opened up about her humble beginnings in the industry.
Image: Yolanda Saayman/Gallo Images
As Zodwa Wabantu is called out for alleged homophobic slurs, Bonnie Mbuli has come out to show her allegiance to the LGBTQI+ community, saying she’s indebted to it for helping her career grow.

The TV presenter took to her Twitter to generally remind Mzansi celebrities that they “owed” their “audacity” and “freedom” to lessons about living their lives without boundaries taught to them by the LGBTQI+ community.

“When are your faves going to admit that if it weren’t for the LGBQTI community, they wouldn’t have the voice to express the audacity they are now celebrated for?” she asked.

Bonnie then explained that the initial role models for many celebrities, where living freely was concerned, came from the few LGBTQI+ people in the industry that demonstrated how to fight for freedom.

The matter was seemingly personal for Bonnie, who explained the impact that gay men and women in the entertainment industry have had in her life.

“I was raised by gay men and women in this industry, they rallied around me, taught me how to show up no matter what, how to claim space for myself in places where I couldn’t breathe. They mirrored the fierceness I become before I knew it was in me, you know what? They still do!”