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Africa Has Its First Black, Out Gay Member Of Parliament Published: May 30, 2014

Zakhele Mbhele didn’t realize his election was historic until a journalist pointed it out to him, according to BuzzFeed.

The day after being sworn in to South Africa’s parliament on May 21, a friend working for the website Mamba Online called to ask him how it felt to be Africa’s first out gay black MP.

“I recognize on an objective level that is historically significant, because it is a milestone,” Mbhele told BuzzFeed in a telephone interview. “On a personal level, I’m still trying to make sense of what it means to me.”

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