It seems some parts of the world are not fully ready yet to accept that there are people whose sexual orientations and gender belong to the LGBTQ spectrum. Regardless of how accepting a country is, there is bound to be gay people living there. Things can be difficult for them
As in, a traditional spiritual or demonic possession. It takes place in the Indonesian city of Padang, a place which is dominated by Muslim people. Now, Muslims are not exactly the most open religion to homosexuality, they can be very strict about being gay. Hence, members of the LGBT community in Padang experience this on a daily basis:
They call it
The worst part is that the Mayor even works closely with Civil Service Police (Satpol PP) to implement what they consider as “psychological rehabilitation.” Being a homosexual is not exactly illegal in Padang, but apparently, people there follow a traditional cultural standard they hold in a regard higher than their state laws.
“Usually men are possessed by female genies, this is what many of us encounter with LGBT actors. In addition, the transvestites will also be fostered by the TNI [Indonesian National Armed Forces],” says a member of one Muslim organization, regular practitioners of
Bad time to be a member of the LGBTQ in Indonesia right now.
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