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From Ellen to Ricky Martin, LGBT celebs pay tribute to Nelson Mandela on Twitter

Maria Bello, Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken, John Barrowman and others also remember the civil rights icon

Shortly after the death of Nelson Mandela was annunced today (5 December), the twitterverse immediately was flooded with tributes to the great South African leader.

Among those tweeting out were various gay, lesbian and bisexual celebrities.

'Today we lost the world’s greatest advocate for peace and change,' wrote Ellen DeGeneres. 'Nelson Mandela was a hero to so many. Rest in peace.'

Dustin Lance Black, who has been in the news this week for his trip to Russia and his reported romance with Olympic diver Tom Daley wrote: 'One of my greatest heros has left this world. He changed the world. He changed my life. Sad day.'

Actress Maria Bello, who came out as bisexual in a newspaper column this week, tweeted that she was 'very sad' and was sitting with partner Clare Munn.

Other tweets:

Ricky Martin: There is a party in heaven. Angels are celebrating. The one and only has arrived. RIP

Clay Aiken: Mandela "bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice" - Give that speechwriter a raise Mr. Prez! VERY true! May his example endure!

John Barrowman: 'Nelson Mandela a Man and a Hero the World will never forget. His legacy of Freedom and Peace will live on forever.'

Zachary Qunito: 'May you find peace for the peace you brought the world.'

Harvey Fierstein: Mandela - strong enough 2 b gentle, brave enough 2 stand alone, wise enough 2 let the world catch up with what he knew all along.

Martina Navratilova: RIP Nelson Mandela- a true hero to billions:)

Raven Symone: R.I.P Mr. Mandela "It always seems impossible until it's done."

Neil Patrick Harris: 'Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…'

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.” -. RIP to a man I never met but have been immeasurably inspired by.

Adam Lambert: RIP Mandela

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