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American Leaders Praise Nelson Mandela’s Contributions To Advance LGBT Rights

Mandela was a major gay rights leader - something that I'm ashamed to say that I knew little about or fully appreciated.

LGBT history has been pushed aside too long. I'm learning so much about how progressive he actually was.

Mandela ushered in the world’s first constitution to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation. “Nelson Mandela tore down oppression, united a rainbow nation, and always walked arm-in-arm with his LGBT brothers and sisters—and with all people—toward freedom,” Human Rights Campaign president says.

The Constitution that was promulgated by Mandela in December 1996 was the world’s first to contain explicit protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

As the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Rea Carey said in a statement, “Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to the millions of people who yearn for freedom across the world. With great personal sacrifice, he fought apartheid and state-sanctioned racism. His principled approach, his willingness to reach out to former enemies, led to the introduction of multi-party democracy and real change in South Africa.”

From Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/american-leaders-praise-nelson-mandelas-contributions-to-adv

And the Washington Post had this to say:

Nelson Mandela: LGBT rights champion

As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at the age of 95, I want to make sure he is heralded for doing something no other head of government has ever done. As the first president of post-apartheid South Africa in 1996, Mandela ushered in that nation’s new constitution, which included protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The first of its kind.

The new constitution, adopted in May 1996, led to the end of the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the South African military. And that historic document laid the groundwork for a historic 2005 court ruling written by Sachs that legalized same-sex marriage in the Rainbow Nation.

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