A gay man from the conservative town of Jombang in East Java is happily married amid the public upheaval surrounding sexual orientation. The year-old devoted Muslim stands on his decision to open up about his relationship with the love of his life, whom he has spent a committed relationship with for over a decade. Gunawan had just spoken on the phone to his father earlier.
Please refresh the page and retry. I ndonesian police have detained 58 men including several foreigners in a raid on a gay sauna, an official said on Saturday, the latest sign of a backlash against homosexuals in the Muslim-majority country. Police late on Friday raided a building in the capital Jakarta that houses a sauna and a gym after they received information from the public that it was being used for prostitution.
Illustration by Yasmin Hutasuhut. If you check my Twitter profile today, you'll see that I've clearly stated that I'm gay. But when I joined the platform inI wouldn't dare reveal that part of myself.
We did of course point out to our concerned friends and family back home that Sharia Law is only in place in one small part of Indonesia in the Northern Aceh province. Although Indonesia is officially a secular country, society is extremely conservative. Whilst homosexuality was legalised insadly it looks like these anti-gay laws will be reinstatedjust like they were in India in In addition, as with most countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia has no laws to support the rights of its LGBT community and society remains largely conservative.
It is the world's largest island countrywith more than seventeen thousand islands and at 1, square kilometressquare milesthe 14th largest by land area and 7th in the combined sea and land area. The sovereign state is a presidentialconstitutional republic with an elected legislature. It has 34 provincesof which five have special status.
JAKARTA — Indonesian police detained 51 men including several foreigners in a raid on what authorities described as a "gay spa" in Jakarta late on Friday, and some could face up to six years in prison under pornography and prostitution laws. The arrests are the latest in a spate of high-profile police actions against gay clubs and parties in Indonesia this year that have called the country's reputation for tolerance into question. With the exception of the ultra-conservative Aceh province in northern Sumatra, where Islamic law is enforced and two men were publicly flogged last month for gay sex, homosexuality is legal in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population.
Source: AP. POLICE in Indonesia on Friday said a gay couple was arrested after a photograph of them kissing each other appeared on Facebook in a posting that has triggered public outrage in the Muslim-majority country. According to the AFPa year-old university student and year-old office worker were arrested Tuesday in the city of Manado, on central Sulawesi island, following complaints by social media users who spotted a photograph of them kissing in bed.
Sincepolice raids and arrests at private spaces such as clubs, saunas and salons have increased, alongside anti-LGBT rhetoric from government officials and state spokespersons. The report notes that these raids and state-led hostility poses a fundamental challenge to HIV outreach workers, who use these venues as safe spaces to carry out their work with LGBT communities through education programs on prevention and transmission, counseling support services and distribution of condoms and HIV testing kits. Outreach workers and human rights observers worry that without access to education and other services — exacerbated by spiraling anti-LGBT rhetoric — the HIV epidemic among gay Indonesian men will become increasingly worse, particularly in major urban centers such as Denpasar and Jakarta. Just this morning I saw an old newspaper article that was from 10 years ago, when we were able to do a national training for activists in the open.
Police in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Oct. The raid took place against the backdrop of an ongoing LGBT rights crackdown in the country that has the support of conservative lawmakers. Photo public domain.