While we take the time to remember Nelson Mandela today, let’s remember the enormous role South Africa and Mandela have played in paving the way for LGBT rights around the world. Today, homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries and in some it is punishable by death. In the South African apartheid government, homosexuality was a punishable crime of up to 7 years. In 1993 when apartheid was finally coming to an end, the African National Congress officially endorsed legal recognition of same-sex relationships. 3 years later, the new constitution prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. Not only is this crazy for Africa, especially in the ’90s, but it is was also crazy for the world. South Africa had become the first country in the world to include LGBT protections in it’s constitution. In 1998, Parliament outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation in the work place, something that the United States still hasn’t done. Finally, in 2006, South Africa became the 5th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
2-8% of women falsely accuse men of rape. 100% of male athletes on the other hand are victims of women accusing them of rape. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
The great Ronald Reagan once said, “A people free to choose will always choose peace." He also said Nelson Mandela was a terrorist and put him on the US Terrorist Watch List.
So, fuck you, Ronald Reagan.