Mandela Honored, Remembered


"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. Though every man, woman and child who seeks justice around the world mourns this loss, his vision of an equal future lives on undimmed."

Chad Griffin , Human Rights Campaign President

As noted by, the protections afforded to gay South Africans in their constitution are a degree of legal protection that LGBT Americans still do not have.

"Every one of us who continues the fight for equality and civil rights in our own communities labors in the shadows of this man who withstood imprisonment as a consequence of his courageous leadership and grew only stronger, more resolute and more dignified."

Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal

"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."

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, 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.

Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post editorial board

"Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love."

U.S. President Barack Obama said in his eulogy for Nelson Mandela at First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg.


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