“It took me a long time to accept that I’m queer. And please, take it from me. I have never lied to you. I’m now getting married to the most amazing person. I need you to be happy for me,” wrote Simphiwe Dana.
On March 26, 2021, Simphiwe Dana and her opera-singer partner Pumeza Matshikiza celebrated their one-year anniversary.
“Our First Anniversary. Today is our one-year anniversary. Every day I’m thankful that we found each other. May we hold each other for a lifetime ❤️🥰❤️,” said Simphiwe Dana.
Simphiwe Dana also said that she thinks their wedding is going to be so “wild” and international.
“You deserve all the happiness in the world. I’m so happy for both of you,” said actress and activist Rosie Motene.
Simphiwe Dana has been very vocal about issues that affect queer folks.
“Hearing in and out queer people being killed. Women being killed. I’m losing my mind. This is not normal,” wrote Simphiwe Dana.
The Mayine singer has also encouraged queer people to speak out against the killings of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) persons.
“Speak out wherever you are. And whomever you are. People like us are dying because we are seen as an abomination. Speak out! Normalize our existence,” wrote Simphiwe Dana.
Simphiwe Dana came out as gay in November 2020, and she’s engaged to Pumeza Matshikiza.
She (then) said that she has been keeping her sexuality a secret for far too long and she felt it was about time to come out of the closet. “I’ve been holding this in since forever. I’m gay.”
FYI: Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or are not cisgender. Originally meaning “strange” or “peculiar”, queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century.