A South African Justice Speaks Out

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SOUTH AFRICAN Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron is a leading activist on gay rights and HIV/AIDS whom the late Nelson Mandela called a “new hero for South Africa.” Adopted in 1994, South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2005, before Cameron joined the court, it issued a landmark decision requiring Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage.

         Diagnosed with HIV in 1986, Justice Cameron speaks candidly here about his ongoing struggles with internalized stigma, the state of the nation’s unhealed wounds, and lingering injustices and the need for what he calls “angry engagement” by all South Africans on critical questions of the day.

 

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