As the world marked the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on Thursday, one sociologist pointed to recent situations as evidence that homophobia remains high in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslims country.
Indonesian gay activist Dede Oetomo and transgender Yulianus “Mami Yuli” Rettoblaut are both still in the running for National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) leader position. Both names are among the 120 selected applicants that the selection committee announced in a press conference on Wednesday.
For Jakarta’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, efforts to raise awareness are countered with a need to fly under the radar. Some advocate for legislative and government reform, while others turn to creative media to express themselves. Some seek attention while others
prefer to remain underground. >>>
Anton Tanumihardja will not be deported today. The order from the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement reads: "Therefore ICE will extend the Stay ... until a decision is made by the Board of Immigration Appeals on his Motion to Reopen." >>>