Indonesia: GUY KISSES GUY - AND MOVIE CROWDS LAP IT UP- by Devi Asmarani (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A movie called Arisan! has become an unlikely box office hit in Indonesia. It has also generated talk on a previously taboo issue. I was not prepared for its popularity when my former colleague, Joko Anwar, then an aspiring scriptwriter and movie reviewer, told me months ago that he was working on the film with director Nia Dinata. Neither were many viewers warned about its controversial subject of homosexuality when the movie was first screened, before any reviews came out.
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Indonesia: Muslims Accept Transvestites Over Homosexuals...3/30/01 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
As priests or prostitutes, transvestites earn unusual respect in muslim Indonesia<br>
Wed Mar 30,11:34 PM ET <br>
JAKARTA (AFP) - Some are prostitutes, some priests, some work in beauty salons and some bring luck. Transvestites are a part of everyday life in mainly-Muslim Indonesia, where they are more accepted than homosexuals.
Resty Kristiany, a slim 26-year-old who wears tight-fitting clothes that draw attention to "her" prominent bust, was regularly beaten by her serviceman father when, as a boy, she would attempt to use make-up.
"However, my mother was always good to me. She would take me to some dance lessons, on the sly," Resty told AFP.
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Indonesia: New book on human rights of homosexuals by Southern Cross University lecturer -11/06/2003 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and a Principal Researcher in SCU's Centre for Law, Politics and Culture, Dr Offord, looks at the subject in his new book, "Homosexual Rights as Human Rights: Activism in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia". The book is based on his PhD and four years of research, including in Indonesia and Singapore.
The book was launched on June 10 at Gleebooks in Sydney by Chris Puplick, former president of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, and former NSW Privacy Commissioner (see his speech under 'Feature Stories'). The Hon Justice Michael Kirby, AC CMG, wrote the book's forward and was among the 100 people at the launch.
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Latvia Current Update HIV (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Latvia Current Update SO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Latvians will attempt second pride parade- Rex Wockner International (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Despite last year's disaster, gays and lesbians in the Latvian capital
of Riga will stage a second pride parade this year, on July 22.
Sweden's National Federation for Sexual Equality (RFSL) is supporting
the effort with a 3,500 euro (US$4,250) donation.
The 2005 parade by about 150 marchers was completely trashed by around
1,000 antigay protesters who hurled insults, bottles and rotten eggs;
blocked the streets; and forced the procession to be rerouted. They
chanted "No sodomy" and "Gays fuck the nation." In the end, police
formed a human chain around the marchers to keep them safe.
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Lesbian and Gay Indonesia - Gay Times UK (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Indonesia whilst predominantly a Muslim country in common with other South-East Asian nations is generally tolerant of homosexuality though in 2003 there was talk of criminalising homosexuality. A small gay scene exists in the country with bars and clubs in Jakarta, Surabaya, Jogyakarta and other larger cities as well as on the tourist island of Bali. You will also find that some gays congregate in the juice bars in the fancier malls of the larger cities.
As in Thailand, various kinds of sexualities are an integral part of society. Many married men and women also maintain same-sex relationships. Only in some sectors of the new middle and professional classes, as well as some religious movements, has homophobia taken root.
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Malasya 2 SO [91-99] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Malaysia 2 HIV [91-99] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Malaysia Current Update HIV (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Malaysia Current Update SO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Syria 2 SO [97-99] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Syria : Cleric saves transsexual- Gaymiddleeast.com - Taken from Middle East Time (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A Syrian woman is giving thanks to the open-minded Iraqi cleric whose understanding led her to have a sex change operation.<br>
Hiba, 33, faced years of trauma - both as a woman "trapped" in the body of a man, and - over the past year - as one of the Arab world's few transsexuals. But after 19 attempts at suicide, Hiba says she has been saved. "I feel I am a complete female now."<br>
Hiba recalls the depression she felt when Imad, as she was called, discovered he was not a "complete man."<br>
"I discovered at 18 that I was incapable of any male sexual behavior and I was deeply embarrassed by the girls who looked at me with pity and preferred to stay away," Hiba said. "I took poison several times and tried to drown myself." When his conservative father threw him out of the house in 1997, Imad tried to start a new life working in a Gulf Arab country. But his problems followed him.
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Syria Current Update SO (Afghanistan)
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Syria: Fear and Hiding in Gay Syria - 6/1/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
6 Fear and Hiding in 'gay' Syria 6/05 <br>
7 Syrian youth receive information on HIV/AIDS 6/05 <br>
8 Syrian Deputy Minister of Religious Endowments, Muhammad Abd Al-Sattar Al-Sayyid:
AIDS Patients Should Be Stoned before Spreading Their Disease 11/05
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Syria: Gays in the Islamic World- Deroy Murdock 6/28/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
While he notes that secular nations such as Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Syria are more relaxed about homosexuality, Robert Spencer, director of JihadWatch.org and editor of The Myth of Islamic Tolerance, warns against equating the homophobia of strict Muslim states with, say, American social conservatives' opposition to gay-rights laws.
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Syrian Echoes- GayMidleeast.com - 3/12/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The Arabic word "Loti" used in Syria, and eventually the Arab world, to describe a same sex attracted man. This term came from the name of prophet Lut, who was sent to people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Â Obviously, the word itself has a historical meaning that makes the people nowadays feel as we "gay people "came form that era.
"My story with homosexuality started very early, when I was about 6 yrs old. I was in my early classes of primary school in Syria. During that time, I heard a lot of criminal stories and parental warnings about men who rape boys. This affected me highly as I made special notions about gay people full of crime, hate, and fear. As I grew up, passing through classes with success, I changed physically and mentally, started a new level of my life, which characterized by careful exploring the gay world.
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City Bans First Latvian Pride Parade-Organizers Vow Disobedience, Request Help - By Rex Wockner (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
City officials in the Latvian capital of Riga banned the nation's
planned first gay-pride parade July 20 after Prime Minister Aigars
Kalvitis denounced it as "a parade of sexual minorities [taking] place
in the middle of our capital city next to the Dom [Cathedral]."
"This is not acceptable," he said. "Latvia is a state based on Christian
values. We cannot promote things that are unacceptable to a large part
A city spokesman claimed the planned march would harm gays and lesbians
by decreasing tolerance for them.
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LATVIA PRIDE TRASHED BY MOBS THROWING HUMAN EXCREMENT- Rex Wockner (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The second effort to stage a gay pride parade in Riga, Latvia, was an
unmitigated disaster July 22.
The City Council and a court banned the parade, claiming police wouldn't
be able to protect marchers from marauding homophobic mobs.
So, activists instead staged a religious service at a church and
meetings at a hotel.
But the homophobes were not deterred by the change in plans.
Scores of antigay protesters gathered outside the Anglican church and
flung human excrement, eggs and rotten food at gays and lesbians as they
left the building.
"I was hit with a bag full of shit and had to go wash up," said the Rev.
"Protesters threw human excrement on us," said the Rev. Juris Calitis.
"I was covered with it from head to foot. It was quite smelly."
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Brazil city mulls transgender bathrooms- Michael Astor, Associated Press 12/15/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil <br>For most, it's a choice of the men's room or the women's. A Brazilian city is trying to give an option to those who don't fit easily into either category.<br>
A bill passed by the Nova Iguacu city council Tuesday would require night clubs, shopping malls, movie theaters and large restaurants to provide a third type of bathroom for transgender people. Mayor Lindberg Farias will decide whether to make it a law.<br>
"A lot of lawmakers didn't want to deal with this issue, but it's a serious problem in society," said city Councilman Carlos Eduardo Moreira. "It's a way to put an end to prejudice."
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