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Sheila Lapinsky
(1944 - living) South Africa

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Lapinky became fist involved in the anti-Apatheid struggle in the mid-1960s. As a result of her activities as General Secretary of the National Union of South African Students, she was banned from 1973 to 1978.

After her banning order expired, in the early 1980s, she became involved in South Africa's fledging gay and lesbian rights movement and was part of a small group of activists who were influential in persuading the African National Congress in the early 1990s to adopt gay rights as part of their platform.

Lapinky has been active in Cape Town Lesbian and Gay movements. She now occupies official positions in both the provincial structures of the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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