The Sexual Orientation Timeline – Coming Soon

October is Pride month which celebrates the LBGTQIA movement and seeks to bring awareness to the challenges that still remain. The CHT is proud to be launching a comprehensive timeline which traces the roots of the LBGTQIA movement from pre-colonial times until today. This important resource can be used by anyone who wants to better understand the struggle for human rights in South Africa and especially by learners in schools who wish to supplement the history curriculum. The timeline reveals how decades of struggle for gay rights culminated in the inclusion of the sexual orientation clause in the 1993 Interim Constitution. This was retained in the Constitution of 1996. An explicit prohibition of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation was the first in any constitution in the world. Check back soon to find out more.

Did you know

The gay pride flag of South Africa, designed by Eugene Brockman, is a hybrid of the LBGT rainbow flag and the new South African National Flag which was launched in 1994 after the end of apartheid. The flag is a gay pride symbol that aims to reflect the freedom and diversity of the South African nation and build pride in being an LGBT South African.

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President Mandela gives his State of the Nation address in Parliament. Mandela ends his address with the words, “Let us all get down to work”.

“We must construct that people-centred society of freedom in such a manner that it guarantees the political and the human rights of all our citizens.”– President Mandela, extract from State of the Nation Address, 24 May 1994

President Nelson Mandela announces his cabinet. It includes members of the African National Congress, National Party and Inkatha Freedom Party.

“There was pride in serving in the first democratic government in South Africa, and then the additional pride of serving under the iconic leadership of Nelson Mandela … [He] represented the hopes of not just our country, but of oppressed, marginalised and the poor in the world.”– Jay Naidoo, then Minister of RDP housing
“We place our vision of a new constitutional order for South Africa on the table not as conquerors, prescribing to the conquered. We speak as fellow citizens to heal the wounds of the past with the intent of constructing a new order based on justice for all.”– President Nelson Mandela, 10 May 1994