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(user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers in response to this story on 17/05/2014
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Society will never realize or hear our suffering voices if we don't show them! We need a subversive method in bringing down propagandas the bullshit media have told us. We are a community, not just some social deviation. The first gay person to come out in a modern society is an existentialist (I think), so I think existentialism will be a good way to get by everyday life. It has always been your own opinions that matter, not theirs.
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Michael (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 17/05/2014
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Hello, this is a voice of a 16 year old boy suffering with schizophrenia and just happens to be gay. Wake up people, really? In the closet? Waiting for someone to frig you and that's it? I heard a story about the beaten ladyboy in Seminyak and I was really pissed. I think it's important for heteros to accept us (except those religious hard-liners who think sun revolves around earth, I mean...) But it's also important for us to unite. Why? I had a friend when I was in 9th grade, he was also gay. But he left me and told me he changed. He was one of my best friends and now he thinks I'm disgusting and immoral when we never did anything. It sucks really, because now he's living like a psycho. What sucks is that I think he was electroshocked or something. Oh and I hate school, they give sex ed that says AIDS is a gay disease. Wake up people! Read Oscar Wilde! Get out off the closet and into the streets!
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hey guys... I just wanna meet some other girl who is just the same like me.... lesbian.... I need friends:) u can follow my twitter first and mention me for follow back to (@Yeah_Me1), then I'll give you my contact:) by the way I'm sixteen y.o and goin on my sweet seventeen this october:) am about 5'5 tall and about 143 lbs^^
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Under the Representations of Gender Believe System

Wisnu Adihartono Reksodirdjo is a PhD Candidate in sociology in Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) – Marseille, France.

I have much of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) friends in Indonesia, particularly in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, the city where I live. One day, one of my best friends in Senior High School came to Jakarta from Toronto (Canada). He asked me to have a coffee. I wondered since long time ago that he is gay, but since he did not tell me about his sexual orientation, I do not want to ask him first because I think that is not my business. When we were in school, I did not catch that he is gay because he acts like a macho man. He is handsome, gorgeous, chique and à la mode. He was such an idol. Since I heard from his classmate that he had a girlfriend, I assume that he is not gay.

The day that we met, we talked and shared about our lives, including our love lives. And finally he confessed that he is gay. He asked me why I did not shock. I told him that I already guessed his sexual orientation since we were in high school. He told me that he stays now in Toronto with his Canadian business men. They met in Bandung when my friend took his study in one of the best universities in Bandung. I asked him accidentally why he chosen Canada as his country of destination instead of Indonesia. He laughed and he said that is a moron question. I know that this type of question makes him laughed. He explained that it is very impossible to be gay in Indonesia. He added that when he comes out, State, society, and religion will totally reject his sexual orientation. Those three “things” automatically blocked the existence of LGBT peoples. They cannot express themselves and they do not have any access to fight their freedom. They will be stigmatized by society as a sick person. That is why he decided to move to other country to seek a freedom.

How the State and society create the system of differentiation between heterosexual peoples and homosexual peoples when in fact, in my opinion, we have avoided this. In a society, the creation of that system is made by the concept of social imagination, social representation, and gender belief system.

In a simple phrase, social representation by French social psychologist, Serge Moscovici is basically conceptualized as a concept to merge ideas and values in one package within society in sharing the experiences with the tool of social imagination.
Social imagination has a strong relation with how we set our mind. When we imagine something or someone, we use, indeed, our mind to produce and reproduce the beliefs, the “good”, the “bad”, and the “sinner”? In general, social imagination made us imagine what is “good” and what is “bad”. He can intervene in our everyday lives with their power of perception to make any opposition, for example to legitimate/to illegitimate, to justify/to accuse, to convince/to discriminate, to include/to exclude, etc.

Marked by a perception, social representations grow out of the discussions people pursue in making sense of their social lives.

This is what happened in Indonesia to address the issue of homosexuality. Social representations build a border between heterosexuals and homosexuals with a rigid system called gender belief system.

Basically, the gender system consists of an institutionalized set of social practices, used to distinguish between men and women, but also in the end, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). This system used to organize the social relations on the basis of apparent difference and inequality. In other words, the gender system made a stereotype between human being. Derived from the idea of difference, it is clear that the gender system used the hegemony system as the ruling ideology.

The emergence of gender system through interaction between peoples creates a belief in defining gender. So, we can make an interpretation that in gender belief system, peoples must accept stereotypes as descriptive of most others and use those stereotypes to form performance expectations.

The homosexuality in Southeast Asia, in particular, develops within the framework of the concept described above, because for most of Southeast Asian peoples, sex categorization is automatic, fast, and unconscious where they cannot relate to another without first sex categorizing. As a PhD student in sociology from one of the countries in Southeast Asia, a change within our current gender system is difficult and very slow, but I believe it is not impossible.
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Hi, my name is adi(not my real name) and i'm from indonesia.(sorry if my english sounds weird and bad grammar) Well this is my life story.
i live in a democratic country, indonesia. most of foreign people said that indonesia is a friendly gay country, but that's not true, i know there is no laws against gay in here but we have community law which our society looks don't care about gay people in indonesia but they keep away from gays and talking quietly behind, they think that gay is disease and disgusting, even worse.

how can i became gay?? it's all about my past, when i was kid, about 5 years old, a man who i think i can trust abuse me sexually, i don't know that's a wrong thing to do because i was just a kid( but i still remember about the incident, when he locked me in a room in the kindergarten school, and he did that. and when i was 12, my older cousin rape me, he threatened me, my heart can still feel the pain. i never tell anyone about this humiliating secret.

i live in a muslim conservative family, i never told anyone about my sexual orientation especially my father, if he knew about it, he wouldn't hesitate to kill me because being gay is the worst thing, so sinful, so it's obligatory to kill gay people like me. feel sad, but there's nothing i can do.

I will never be able to feel love and be loved. many people think that gay just need penis,sex. but we should deserve love too, if i have a choice: i can love and have him, but we both must cut off our penis, then i'll choose it, love is blind, but sex isn't.


i've last thing to do in my life, i will coming out to my family, i don't care if they hate me or want to kill me, though after it i'll end my life
because i can't live without love, "pefedict?" yes, but you don't know what pain i have, all this time.
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yans (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for straight readers on 02/10/2012 +0
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dimana saya bisa ketemu dan berbicara dengan ketua komunitas lesby,satu tujuan kami hanya ingin mengajak kerja sama dengan memberi hall / club u jd tempat party dan berkumpulnya mereka.
yang berminat dan mengetahui kontak please send email to
dian.kahaevent@gmail.com cc to diansiswa@ymail.com
txs u
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chiel (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 12/06/2012 +0
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I just got so sick it was paying up. I liked the male since childhood. It is not easy to show who I am, but the State of my femininity so visible.I feel the discrimination by my family and friends here and I have trouble getting a job. I am trying to work yesterday with my Auntie, but after labor, money, and time I drained when money can be big enough for me, I am in the exhaust. This incident is very painful for me, I want to die it felt. I am sick, I get no support here. Should I tithe to my parents and pay the Bills. This is so bad for me. But I want to get up, I hope if there is a job could let me know.
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little lezmiyabi (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for lesbian readers in response to this story on 07/01/2012 tagged with sexual orientation +5
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pertama kali aku melakukan ml dg lesbian, dg cara membeli seorang bisex seharga Rp. 500.000. hanya untuk bisa merasakan bagaimana sensasi sex dari lesby, tp aku gak memperoleh kepuasan dari dia? mungkin karena dia kurang buas menurutku. aku butuh seorang lesby yg benar2 buas yg bs memuaskanku... tapi aku menginginkanya tanpa aku harus membelinya?? 087775555073
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litte lezmiyabi (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for lesbian readers on 07/01/2012 tagged with adoption +10
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saya pernah ml dg les, dan saya merasakan kepuasan? dan saat ini saya benar2 menginginkan pasangan lesby untuk kepuasan sexual.
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Different in taste (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 08/05/2011 tagged with human rights, sexual orientation +5
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In Indonesia words LGBT is something taboo to be discussed either in private such as family or in public such as mass media, everybody is pretending not to talk about LGBT and avoiding anything related to LGBT terms, that's why most LGBT in my nation are put in silence, they pretend to be straight by marrying their opposite sex, and bury their love.

I'm openly gay, something that most LGBT dont here. because they are afraid of punishment from family and society, but I'm different because I think coming out is the best way I have to be done because I do not wanna bury myself into silence

now i'm starting encourage my LGBT friends to accept who they are by sending article to mass media and creating blog and tell them being gay doesn't mean we have to be loser :)we are the same like straights, a thing that makes us different from them is juts our taste....yes we are just different in taste ^^

I think i just started my long journey to voice gay voices :D
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posted for readers on 10/04/2011 +5
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So here I'm tell you the happening now here in Seminyak Bali.

Ladyboy here threaten just like rubish n animal >.<, humiliated, punched, Fined, bolded n forced to be a Man by PECALANG ( village Security). I want to protest to who? even police don't care about what happening in front of them.

So naif what PECALANG do while there is a LGBT BAR / CLUB which is donate tax to the village much.... but they haunt the ladyboy just like animaL. Event goverment can't help us here, any solutions?
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E.R. NASUTION (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 06/02/2011 tagged with sexual orientation +20
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INDONESIAN’S DEVIANT BEHAVIOUR PUBLICLY MENTIONED

Last Friday, on the 4th of February 2011, I had a chance to watch a talk show which is almost famous in this country. It is under title “K!ckAndy”, where the beholder of this talk show named Andy Flores, with his surname Noya. The main topic of that day is “Ancaman Seks Bebas di Kalangan Remaja” (pronounced in Bahasa, our mother language), or may be proper to translate it in English to “Youth Free Sex Threat”.
In the relay of the talk show, there were three invitees that are willing to give their testimony about their sexual behavior and even their sexual orientation. There is one guy, which is the second interviewee, named Justin, with his profession as a gigolo who serves both sexes in bed, is interviewed also. He has been interviewed by Mr. Noya, from his sexual orientation to his usual clients. Personally, it is not a problem to expose things which are really happens in the respondent’s life. Hence, this guy is wearing a mask which is absolutely looks like the mask that I saw in a gay porn film – made in Italy.
Anyway, at the end of the interview, Mr. Andy F. Noya has pronounced that – which is based on my memory - that “Eventhough Justin has been working as a gigolo, he tries to have a normal life. He will try to avoid the deviant behavior (translated from his word in Bahasa: perilaku menyimpang) someday”.
I was absolutely astonished when he said it out loud that being able to sleep with a guy and, at the same time with a girl, is a deviant behavior. Probably you may say that the wording”deviant behavior” is concerned with the profession of Justin. But wait until you read my following narration below, coming from the third respondent.
The final respondent is a former well-known celebrity in Indonesia, because he had several roles in several sinetron (a type of Spanish telenovela, where all creatures in it have to be flawless drop dead gorgeous). His name is Mr. Jupiter. The latter has made his conviction of being gay in public since 2000 and converted, according to his testimony – no one knows if he really means it or not - to become “normal” since 2005. His conviction delivers my memory to Evangelical Christians who invented ex-gay ministries in USA who brings LGBT to their natural destiny as heterosexuals.
After collecting the answers from Jupiter, Mr. Andi F. Noya has re-pronounced again the word : “deviant behavior”, when he arrived to a question asking about how come Jupiter came up with this sexual orientation. According to the conviction of Jupiter, he is being gay because he had a sexual harassment while he was a kid, executed by one of his mother’s home male maid. For your further information, Jupiter has explained and admitted that he is no longer being gay since God is with him, since when he was looking for God, he understood that all that he has done before, being gay, consuming drugs, etc, are sins. And he has forgiven his father because he was not there when Mr. little Jupiter needed him – thanks for blaming the role of his father.
I do not want to contest the intelligence of the Indonesian celebrities, in which Jupiter belongs to, in how they give their shallow opinion – thanks to the rare time to read and prefer to powder their noses and be updated with what to wear and what is cool and not cool.
On the other hand, I want to explore the opinions coming from an invited psychologist in this talkshow. Her name is Mrs. Elly Risman. She has explained, with full emotion – probably because she is an Asian mother and neglecting the fact that she is invited as an expert from the Indonesian National Commission of Children’s Protection (pronounced in Bahasa as Komisi Nasional Perlindungan Anak) – about why does this happen to the Indonesian youth generation. After presenting her team’s survey which showed that 67 percent of boys and girls in Primary High School have been watching porn movies, along with other percentage showing the undisciplined children towards sex and commenting that the sexual unlimited exploration behavior from our earlier Justin, which makes Justin being gigolo and at the same time able to give sex pleasure to the his male and female counterparts, have to be interpreted not just as news (in bahasa : berita). She contends to further enlarge this as a threat to the national security of Indonesia. And I would like to stress here, she meant it seriously!!!!
Furthermore, she specified that : first of all, Indonesian children are becoming like this (by showing her right hand to our beloved invited Mr. Jupiter – which is a sort of underestimate gesture to me) because the role of the parents were gone when the children really required their parents. A father can’t be attached emotionally to his son or his daughter because he is too busy outside the house. Meanwhile, nowadays, mothers are also busy to find jobs and do their tasks. Consequently, children are being given custody under sub-contract rights to their teachers, and their maids at home. Secondly, she also gave her lecturer that since the technology is already widespread; children may have access easily to see the pornographic content. Parents will give this technology with no difficulties; usually under form of mobile phone, and personal computer with internet connection, since they only see the advantage of having one. Finally, she gave her comments by saying that the only method to remedy this is by religion. Because by giving the religion enlightment, children may have guidance along with the present of their parents.
I would like to reserve one paragraph of my story to say what I think about this. First of all, being aired nationally in Indonesia, means that you have to deliver a good message and, mainly, reinforce a good quality of education to the viewers. However, we may be in full doubt about what does it mean to be educated since most of this country’s citizens, within the 33 provinces of Indonesia, are not passing their Senior High School. So, it is going to be very extremely difficult to educate. Secondly, I would like to evoke “deviant behavior” coming out from the mouth of Mr. Andy F. Noya is inappropriate since he has 15 experiences in journalistic and is able to lead several talk shows for 5 years in Metro TV in Indonesia, one of the prestigious news television channel in Indonesia, for the same talk show. Deviant is defined as abnormal which renders to marginalization of existence in the societies to me. For me, being a host, mainly with a several years in media industry as his background, need to be clever and intelligent in showing the words that reflect the intention, without any interest to readdress the bad side of being something – in this case : being gay. This is shown in one of his word toward Mr. Jupiter. Thirdly, I am really concerned with the quality of human resources in Indonesia. This is because Mrs. Elly Risman, viewed in public as female psychologist expert from a government institution to protect Indonesian children’s right, had no intention to state in her opinions that sex education is a major requirement in the country, which is associated to be a part of the curriculum starting from the Primary School. I remember seeing one of the billboards of Indonesia’s Family Planning Program in which written: Indonesia will suffer the population explosion – and this billboard that I have seen, is placed just on the gateway to the traditional market near my residence.
In the same point, I would like to decline the need of religion that has to be implanted in the mind of the youth. It is about how Indonesian people need to be educated in order to functionning their logical mind in distinguishing the benefits and the risks of any executed actions of what they will be. It is all about rationality I believe. If she is able to say that we have disparities of chances between our children and they, as parents, I think she is right. But, the most important in this country, for those who are elders in Indonesia, to reconsider that the transformation of mind set about sex education is required to bear in school for children in their earlier school year. This shall be made in an educational institution and formulated professionally in the education curriculum. Finally, this is for Mr. Andi F. Noya. Have you ever been, at any chance, felt how does it called to have “a deviant behavior” ? If kindness, along with the revelation of facts, and if you intend to, deliver some progress of human intelligence in Indonesia, haven’t you thought about these intelligent “deviant behavior” may feel insulted as your wording choice of “deviant behavior “? We feel in rationality. Every words concerned for us, just like you concern about the blog writing which reporting the expulsion of one of the Mrs. Elly Risman’s guests.
As a holder of national identity card of Indonesia, I feel that being gay in this country will not yet have any recognition from the society. Since, we, are still marginalized. If only I had a chance in the near future to see, that people in Indonesia reveals the truth of logic.
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Aidil Rizali (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for straight readers on 14/01/2011 +0
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Hi ILGA,

I'm not gay nor have any gay friends or family members (not yet anyway), but I strongly support the equality of the LGBT just like heterosexual people.
Sadly in this country, persecution of openly LGBT people is an ongoing issue. Like yesterday the so-called Islam Defenders Front (FPI) halt a conference of LGBT in Surabaya. This is only one of dozens of similar or even more severe instances.
I'm not so sure when LGBT will receive the recognition they have achieved in some countries like Spain and Canada. Hopefully soon.
Peace.
Aidil Rizali
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Kamilia (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 04/12/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, sexual orientation
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On October 29, 2010 Institut Pelangi Perempuan (Indonesian Youth LBT Women Center) launched the Yogyakarta Principles comic in Jakarta with some art and cultural performances presented by Indonesian youth LGBT. Even lately the fundamentalist groups are so aggressive to attack some LGBT events in Indonesia, IPP decided to keep moving forward and promote the Yogyakarta Principles.

"Yogyakarta Principles is a set of international principles relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, intended to address documented evidence of abuse of rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and further of intersexuality requested by Louise Arbour according to the International Human Rights Law. The outline of the Principles was drawn at a meeting of International Commission of Jurists and human rights experts from around the world at Gadjah Mada University on Java from 6 to 9 November in 2006. "It contains 29 Principles adopted unanimously by the experts, along with recommendations to governments, regional intergovernmental institutions, civil society, and the UN itself".

The comic book is initiated by Institut Pelangi Perempuan to disseminate information on The Yogyakarta Principles amongst young queer community in Indonesia. This book is an effort to â&euro;&oelig;translateâ&euro;? the principles into a more youth friendly language. The story in this comic book is inspired by the real life story of a number of young queer women in Indonesia. Comic book was chosen as the media to explain The Yogyakarta Principles with the hope that it would be easier to comprehend as compared to brochures or pocket books.
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so far, my experience as a gay, which can also be spelled transsex in Indonesia, still free, still a lot of pressure that I've got. I wish I could join you all to be able to fight for gay equality. thanks.
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chami (user currently living in SRI LANKA) posted for lesbian intersex readers on 20/08/2010 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools, human rights, armed forces, religion, marriage / civil unions
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I am sri lankan bisexual boy I like live as lady, I like use panty bra and ledies dresses but I cant hear it. please helpe me. thanks chami.......
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Gay and Muslim (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers in response to this story on 13/05/2010 tagged with religion
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My Name Hartoyo
From Indonesia
my email : jam_gadang2003@yahoo.com
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Gay and Muslim (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 13/05/2010 tagged with religion
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Hartoyo

Longing for Acceptance, Homosexuals in Indonesia Find Hatred and Discrimination

The fourth International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (ILGA) Asia Regional Conference that should have taken place in Surabaya in late March had to be canceled following intense pressure from hard-liners grouped under the Islamic People’s Forum (FUI) and the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). This took place despite the fact that the conference had already obtained approval from the South Surabaya Police.

This certainly indicates a failure of the police in protecting the rights of citizens to gather and express themselves. Our rights as citizens, as guaranteed by the 1945 Constitution, have been trampled by hard-line groups. Their actions, enforcing their will on others with the use of violence, clearly runs counter to the law. It is difficult to understand how the police, as a state apparatus, hold no authority or power over groups that use violence to achieve their ends. Even the minister for religious affairs, Suryadharma Ali, came forward to say conference organizers could face criminal charges of contempt on religious and decency grounds.

This is not the first case of banning a gathering in the country. Fresh in our mind is the case this past February when transexuals held a social charity night in Banda Aceh and incurred criticism from local ulema. Teungku Faisal Ali, secretary general of the Aceh Ulema Association (HUDA), said that “this activity has sullied the implementation of Islamic Shariah law in Aceh.” In the West Java town of Tasikmalaya, the chairman of the local chapter of the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI), Achef Noor Mubarok, said his organization would conduct “a guidance course” for 900 of the town’s homosexual residents in cooperation with the religious office and the town’s police. He argued that being gay was a mental disorder as well as a hardship.

The general misconception of homosexuality in Indonesia is still very strong even though assertions that homosexuality is a mental disorder have long been rebutted. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association took homosexuality off its list of mental disorders. The World Health Organization, on May 17, 1990, officially removed homosexuality from its list of diseases, leading to the adoption of May 17 as the International Day Against Homophobia.

In Indonesia, a Manual for the Classification and Diagnoses for Mental Disorders, issued by the Ministry of Health in 1983 and again in 1993, states that sexual orientation (homosexual, heterosexual and bisexual) should not be seen as a disorder. The Health Ministry has made the manual a reference for mental health practitioners and academics across the country.

Therefore, accusations by individuals or groups that homosexuality is linked to mental disorder or disease are merely assumptions and unfounded.

I myself am a homosexual who continues to obediently practice Islam. I was raised in a Muhammadiyah family and environment. I am a Muslim who believes in the teachings of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad, including the obligation of praying five times a day, fasting and also doing good deeds unto others. There are no differences between my religious rituals and those of Muslims in general. My Islamic conviction is not like those branded by ulema as “devious,” such as those from the Ahmadiyah or Lia Eden sects, or even Shiites.

The question that always disturbs me is why is there such hatred against homosexuals among ulema, especially the hard-liners among them. And this hatred is not only limited to ulema, but also is shown by the government. Almost all regional regulations on prostitution and vice put homosexuality in the same basket as prostitution.

Case in point is a 2004 Palembang city ordinance on the eradication of prostitution, which states that “prostitution is an action that is engaged by anyone or any group that is consciously aimed at obtaining sexual satisfaction outside the binds of legal marriage, with or without involving material or monetary compensation.” Included in this definition of prostitution are similar actions by a) homosexuals and b) lesbians.

This regulation and hateful religious views remind me of when I was learning religion as a small child and was told that Allah promised heaven for Muslims. The Prophet, speaking through Abu Dza, said Archangel “Gabriel told me that ‘Whoever dies in a condition where he or she does not tie Allah to anything else, then they will enter heaven and not hell.” (HR Bukhari)

In the Koran itself, it is written: “And those who disbelieve and deny our signs — those will be the companions of the fire; they will abide therein eternally.” (QS Al Baqarah: 39)

“Infidels,” in my understanding, are people who do not believe in the teachings of Allah and Muhammad. If analyzed further, this simply means that even though I am gay, as long as I believe, I can have the good expectation that Allah will put me among those who are promised heaven. Never mind that the image of heaven as depicted in the doctrine — full of beautiful and eternally young female angels — does not really interest me. I do not have any attraction to women. My heaven would be one full of mature and handsome good men.

It would be very difficult, maybe even impossible, for me to shed my love for and attraction to men. Equally difficult would be for me to shed my strong belief in Islam. Those two things cannot be taken away from me, even by force, violence and loss of life. In such a situation, would I then blame Allah for creating me as I am, as a gay person?

Why is it that non-Muslims, who are labeled as “infidels,” are seen as being much better by ulema and the Muslim community in Indonesia than homosexuals who have faith? Even though I am fully aware that my non-Muslim friends are not granted the same status, at least they are far better off than me as a gay person. My non-Muslim friends still have clear legal protection, politically and economically.

Numerous are the national and international polices that respect and protect differences due to religious beliefs, but this is not yet the case for us homosexuals. We are not even talking of having our rights met and protected. Homosexuals are criminalized, just like prostitutes, seen as sufferers of mental disorders and have other scary accusations made against them.

Why is it that curses, contempt and insults are thrown at us, seeing us as sinners and the harbingers of disaster for human life? Are all Muslims not brothers? Isn’t the respect for others the essence of the teachings of Islam? These questions continue to fill and occupy my conscience, but I do believe that only Allah holds the right to determine whether being homosexual is a sin or not.

Hartoyo is general secretary of Ourvoice, a Jakarta-based gay rights group .
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/longing-for-acceptance-homosexuals-in-indonesia-find-hatred-and-discrimination/369876#comments
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David Wainwright (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 07/04/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, sexual orientation, marriage / civil unions, ilga asia conference, asia
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they are still mobilising on facebook , many of my friends have reported their group for spreading hatred
also reported images and many gay people are now spreading the word about this group and posting pro gay stuff

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=92244551768&ref;=nf
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Sonia (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for straight readers on 25/03/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +15
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I'm *****, 14, straight. I'm not lesbian, but I do love Gay relationship. Are you confused? I mean i'm Fujoshi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaoi_fandom#Fujoshi) and I met so many girls like me here. In Indonesia, Homonism is completly taboo. I hate it, but I can't do much here. And... I hid my hobbies from my parents, or otherwise, They'll burn me alive

Mostly of Indonesian are moslem (I'm too)-the religi that forbid biseksual relationship. So... if you're gay or lesbian, hide it and I think you'd better not show it to a common people, except you really know that person will accept it fully.



Don't ever sad, I (and all Fujoshi) won't ever excommunicate you all... We'll always support you! >w
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ferry (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 24/02/2010
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I'm 20 years and a gay. Indonesia is one of many country that have many different culture. Every culture has a different and unique law. Especially in my culture honestly "gay" is unknown because there is no story about a "gay" or "lesbian" from ancestor story like that. But, in generally to show off that you are a "gay" is still a terrible thing to do
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Pearl (user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 20/01/2010 tagged with hiv/aids +5
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I recently sero converted and am now hiv+. I'm in my late 40's and after being vigilantly hiv- am so dissappointed with myself. How did this happen? Hubris? bug chasing? unfortunately, i think i got it from a 20 yr old guy i had been dating and i knew in jan 09' i tested negative, so iwas topping him, taking a 'calculated' risk. seeing each other 2-3 x per week. I also ran out of my regular lubricant 'ero's' and started using Virgin coconut oil which irritated my urethra.(any probably his ass). I tested hiv positive dec 09'. i just pray i didn't and don't infect anyone else. i had to do partner notification with this beautiful 20 yr old young man. it was very difficult. A real game changer.
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(user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 04/01/2010 +20
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Attitude towards LGBT is highly divided, but mostly not hostile. In the world's most populous Muslim nation, LGBT people mostly received their harassment from the government, police officers, and a small number of religious extremists. But in majority, they don't have any opinion about it. Because sex, including sexuality, is a taboo subject to discuss.

However, propaganda about the stereotype of LGBT are also broadly broadcasted by mainstream media. Not that they are homophobic media. Because in my opinion, they are just trying to sell stories by packaging all kinds of criminal activities done by LGBT to be, a 'gay' attitude.

Not everybody believed in the propaganda. And those who believed in it, believed in the basis that they doesn't know anything about LGBT. Their only source of information of LGBT are only through movies and news, which all shows a strong stereotype so that it would sell.

All my friends surprised when I told them I was gay. They thought gay people are the same as transexual, that they are camp, loves fashion, and incredibly feminine. I wasn't any of those stereotypes. I was a normal person, just the same among them. And they always understand after I explained further. I never lost any friend from being gay. Some may be awkward, but I never get any discrimination.

Discrimination by the basis of sexual orientation are mostly made by government officials and private person WITHOUT any kinds formal basis. Just some governor or mayor who made orders, or a boss of an office who is homophobic. By default, Indonesian laws are not homophobic. We don't have sodomy laws, and we don't have homosexuals law. All kinds of discrimination are strongly discouraged here. In some cases, that includes sexual orientation (Although it wasn't formally written).

Except for marriages. Since Indonesian laws have two kinds of different law: Civil and Religious. And they both being used at the same time. And since religion says that two men and women can't get married, that means Indonesian LGBT can't get married as well. However, unlike many western states, the usage of marriage in Indonesia is mostly of religious use, instead of civil one. And since LGBT people are mostly not religious here, gay marriage is not something to be strife to achieved.

Adoption laws doesn't say anything about homosexuals. They talk about marriages and individuals. Sexual orientation is never mentioned in it.

According to my opinion, LGBT people itself, are the one that making things bad. They believed that they ARE what they are being stereotyped about. They are known to be shallow, apathetic, pessimistic, cheater, and even think that they are sinners. Because they grew up without discussing such topics, and the only informations about LGBT they received is that that they are a terrible person. And therefore, they became those kinds of people. Only a handful of people who are objective and aren't playing the stereotype role.

There are even LGBT people who thinks that they are the same as incest and pedophiles!

There are only a few of LGBT online forum in Indonesia, and most is filled with pictures of naked men, genitals, stories about raping, and even adults who seek for teenagers.

The higher income people are much more accepting of LGBT. They understand about it, even the most religious ones. The lower income people, mostly doesn't have knowledge about it. Some areas have reported that they have lesbians or gay people in their neighborhood. And they claim that those people are unharmed. In here, people believed that as long as you serve the community correctly without hurting other people, they will always be accepted.

the middle income population, however, are the most vocal about this issue. As my friend say, they think they are of higher status that those who are poor, but in fact, they are much dumber than either the rich and the poor combined.
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