Communications ministry spokesman Noor Iza confirmed Wednesday that gay dating application Blued - which boasts more than 27 million users globally - no longer appeared in the Google Play Store available to Indonesian users. Google declined to say whether it would comply with the government demand to remove dozens of LGBT-related apps. Homosexuality and gay sex are legal in Indonesia - except in conservative Aceh province, which is ruled by Islamic law - but same-sex relationships are widely frowned upon and public displays of affection between gay couples almost unheard of.
In Aceh at the weekend, police forcibly cut the hair of a group of transgender women and made them wear male clothing, sparking protests from rights groups. Elsewhere in Indonesia, police have often used a tough anti-pornography law to criminalise members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT community, and the government's gay apps ban comes against a backdrop of growing hostility towards the embattled minority.
Government officials, religious hardliners and influential Islamic groups have lined up to make anti-LGBT statements in public recently. Indonesia's parliament is reported to be debating an amendment to the criminal code that could make same-sex relationships and sex outside marriage illegal. The community has also been targeted in a number of raids on "gay sex" parties in the country's two largest cities Jakarta and Surabaya. A survey released last week has added to fears that a wave of homophobia is sweeping the nation of more than million, which has traditionally been regarded as a bastion of tolerant Islam.
What a load of bull. It puts unneeded stress on keeping a relationship. I get a steady job, I went to a mall this weekend and had udon, and I want to see Justice League. I won't be open to people that I'm a gay. It's not entirely about myself. It's about my position in this society and my family. That's why I have to pretend if I want to socially survive, although I'm not going to the extent of having girlfriend.
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Sometimes, I fake myself being homophobic in order to ensure people won't suspect me being a gay, since my friends usually already have experience of dating. If my friend knew this, they would be disgusted of me.
It feels wrong. In this religious country, LGBT is not right. I'm myself a Catholic, have been indoctrinated that man supposed to love woman, God doesn't approve homosexual, etc. I'm not a devoted Catholic, but still it feels wrong for me. What if a handsome guy came at me and kissing me? Damn, I'd not be able to pretend again.
He would broke the wall.
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Sometimes, I hope for it, but I know it would be a more complicated problem, mentally tiring. Maybe if we kept it a secret, I'd be fine, but sadly it'd be mentally tiring, too. Sigh… but now I focus myself to chase the other things. Perhaps if I couldn't succeed in love, I could be successful in something I'm passionate. How does it feel?
Sometimes when I realise what and where I am, though? Socially, however?
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Holier-than-thou attitude anywhere. I feel fine. Im happy being single. Im a productive member of the society. Im openly gay. My family member though shocked at first when i admit to them that im gay ends up supporting me, instead of shunning me. And to top that of I'm a muslim.
I cannot generalize my blessings with other LGBT members but at least my experience thought me to be gratefull, never take things for granted and support other LGBT members as much as i can. And i did! I supported my best friend through thick and thin, whether im in Indonesia or abroad.
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He's my best friend and my soulmate. Im proud being Gay, Muslim and Indonesian at the same time. I am gay and over the past 22 years of living in this country, I felt so much insecure about my self. Some people around me inclined to despise me due to my behavior. There is also several news about some people doing a harmful things to a transvestite.
For instance, some of my friends are an open-minded person and pretty welcome with my sexuality. All I am saying is, it depends on you, which environment you choose to live with. I can say this from what I see to my gay friends. I'm not saying it's all that bad being gay in Indonesia. Many people already accept it as a part of normal life. But more just still don't. Sign In. How does it feel to be gay in Indonesia? Update Cancel.
Answer Wiki. Answered Nov 19, How does it feel to be an attractive gay man? How does it feel to be secretly gay? How does Indonesia feel about Israel? How do East Timorese feel about Indonesia these days? Answered Feb 25, Thank you for your feedback! Feels more so. Answered Dec 2, Originally Answered: What is it like being gay in Indonesia? Many people will resent you. Good chance you are going be treated like you have a contagious disease. Some people might not even want to share table with you unless it's necessary, or let their kids to play around with you. Some people literally are afraid of gay people.
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