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October 8, 2014

The Courier Mail says it did not intend to diminish Mayang Prasetyo's murder by labeling her a 'ladyboy'

An Australian newspaper that drew sharp criticism for its sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder has said it did not intend to diminish the value of her life - but stopped short of a full apology.

News Corp's Courier Mail labeled Mayang Prasetyo as a 'she-male' on its front page next to a picture of the victim in a bikini.

October 7, 2014

Hundreds have slammed the Courier Mail's sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder

A newspaper's sensational reporting of a transgender woman's murder has sparked outrage in Australia.

Mayang Prasetyo from Indonesia was killed and cooked by her boyfriend at their apartment in Brisbane.

News Corp's Courier Mail ran the headline 'Monster Chef and the She-Male' on its front page and 'Ladyboy and the Butcher' inside.

September 28, 2014

The semi-autonomous region of Aceh province has passed a law to punish gay and lesbian sex by 100 lashes in public

Lawmakers in the Indonesian province of Aceh have passed a law Saturday that punishes gay sex with 100 lashes in public and subjects non-Muslims to the province's strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

According to media reports, the Aceh Islamic Criminal Code explicitly outlaws anal sex between men and 'the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation,' making homosexuality technically illegal for the first time in Aceh.

September 28, 2014

The semi-autonomous region of Aceh province has passed a law to punish gay and lesbian sex by 100 lashes in public

Lawmakers in the Indonesian province of Aceh have passed a law Saturday that punishes gay sex with 100 lashes in public and subjects non-Muslims to the province's strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

According to media reports, the Aceh Islamic Criminal Code explicitly outlaws anal sex between men and 'the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation,' making homosexuality technically illegal for the first time in Aceh.

September 21, 2014

A group of Islamic extremists pressurized the college to cancel the seminar, citing homosexuality as a ‘virus’ needing to be stopped

A Catholic university in Indonesia cancelled an LGBT seminar, after caving in to pressure from a group of Islamic extremists.

The Catholic University of Sanata Dharma (USD) in Yogyakarta had a seminar planned with the faculty of psychology called ‘LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One.’

However, when a local Islamic group got wind of this seminar, they began to pressurize the university to cancel it.

The Islamic Society Forum (FUI) claimed the proposed seminar would have ‘dishonoured Islam.’

March 22, 2014

The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus calls on the ASEAN governments to place greater priority on the well-being and welfare of all peoples in its 10 member-states

LGBT rights activists attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) in Yangon, Myanmar from 21 to 23 March 2014 are continuing to lobby its 10 member-states to promote and protect the rights of its LGBTIQ people.

The 10 member-states are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The ACSC/APF is held ahead of the ASEAN Summit in May which will also be hosted by Myanmar, the Chair of ASEAN this year.

October 22, 2013

In honor of Bali’s biggest festival, the Galungan, Gay Star Travel recalls the highlights of two weeks spent in paradise

Last year, Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata spent two weeks biking, swimming, relaxing and eating his way through Bali.

The first week, he went swimming in Sanur, wandered through Ubud's monkey forest and stood in awe of the mountain-top temple Tanah Lot.

April 12, 2013

After taking part in meetings for the last two years, LGBT rights groups have been excluded from this year's ASEAN Civil Society Conference and People's Forum in Brunei

LGBT rights activists are being excluded from a conference on human rights in Southeast Asia.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) SOGI Caucus attended the first two ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People's Forums in 2011 and 2012, but it has been excluded from this year's meeting in Brunei.

'ASEAN SOGI Caucus' voice is being silent by a group that calls itself a civil society,' said Indonesia representative Vien Tanjung to Gay Star News. 

March 14, 2013

An Indonesian judge has made a public apology to the country’s LGBT community, but maintains his stance against the idea of same-sex marriages

Indonesian Constitutional Court judge Arief Hidayat has apologized to that country’s LGBT community after a gay activist wrote to him to tell him of his struggles as a gay Muslim living in Indonesia.

Hidayat had spoken out against the idea of same-sex marriage during a confirmation hearing in the Indonesian House of Representatives, which prompted LGBT rights activist Hartoyo, the secretary general of the group Ourvoice, to write an open letter to the judge.

February 14, 2013

Bisexual singer and gay icon has cancelled remainder of tour dates due to doctors ordering her to have hip surgery

Bisexual pop star and gay icon Lady Gaga has cancelled the rest of her remaining ‘Born This Way’ tour dates.

Disappointed fans are allowed to get their tickets refunded starting from today (14 February), the touring company has confirmed.

A statement posted to the ‘Bad Romance’ singer’s Little Monsters social network explained she requires surgery for a hip injury, and doctors have ordered her to rest.

‘Live Nation Global Touring has confirmed that the remainder of the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball performances have been cancelled,’ the statement said.

January 17, 2013

A lesbian couple who pretended to be straight to marry, was chased from their home on Batam Island, Indonesia when confronted by neighbors

A lesbian couple who forged documents to fool officials into marrying them had to flea from their home in a village on Batam, Riau Islands in Indonesia when their neighbors discovered the truth.

'We reject homosexuals here,' a neighbor named Marlina told AFP yesterday.

'So last week we raided their house and saw Musdalifa was obviously a woman... We told Musdalifa to leave. They both fled and we haven't seen them since.'

Musdalifa was really a 23-year-old woman called Angga Soerjipto who married her 41-year-old girlfriend Ninies Ramiluningtyas.

January 17, 2013

A lesbian couple who pretended to be straight to marry, was chased from their home on Batam Island, Indonesia when confronted by neighbors

A lesbian couple who forged documents to fool officials into marrying them had to flea from their home in a village on Batam, Riau Islands in Indonesia when their neighbors discovered the truth.

'We reject homosexuals here,' a neighbor named Marlina told AFP yesterday.

'So last week we raided their house and saw Musdalifa was obviously a woman... We told Musdalifa to leave. They both fled and we haven't seen them since.'

Musdalifa was really a 23-year-old woman called Angga Soerjipto who married her 41-year-old girlfriend Ninies Ramiluningtyas.

January 9, 2013

New Islamic Sharia laws in Indonesian province of Aceh propose flogging gay people and making it illegal for women passengers to straddle motorbikes

Editorials in The Jakarta Post and The Bangkok Post have slammed authorities in the Indonesian province of Aceh for introducing new Islamic Sharia laws that include flogging gay people and banning women passengers from straddling motorbikes.

'When the New Year chimed in parts of Aceh, Indonesia, the calendar rolled over from 2012 to 1413,' said the editorial in The Bangkok Post.

January 9, 2013

New Islamic Sharia laws in Indonesian province of Aceh propose flogging gay people and making it illegal for women passengers to straddle motorbikes

Editorials in The Jakarta Post and The Bangkok Post have slammed authorities in the Indonesian province of Aceh for introducing new Islamic Sharia laws that include flogging gay people and banning women passengers from straddling motorbikes.

'When the New Year chimed in parts of Aceh, Indonesia, the calendar rolled over from 2012 to 1413,' said the editorial in The Bangkok Post.

December 7, 2012

Trans activists in Jakarta say the police did nothing to protect them from the Islamic extremists who broke-up their festival this week

Trans activists in Indonesia have spoken out about the lack of protection they get from police in the face of threats from Islamic extremists.

Earlier this week a transgender festival in Jakarta was stopped by FPI (Front Pembela Islam, the Islamic Defenders Front), one witness reported that the Islamic extremists wielded sticks to threaten the transgender women at the event.

October 23, 2012

After months of tests Dede Oetomo is not one of the 13 applicants chosen by MPs to serve on Indonesia's human rights commission

An Indonesian gay rights activist who has been waiting for months to hear if he will be accepted to serve on the national human rights commission has found out that he didn’t make the final cut.

The appointment of Dede Oetomo, an openly gay academic, to Komnas HAM, Indonesia’s human rights commission, would have made a positive statement in a country that has been accused of regressing in its acceptance of LGBT rights.

October 23, 2012

After months of tests Dede Oetomo is not one of the 13 applicants chosen by MPs to serve on Indonesia's human rights commission

An Indonesian gay rights activist who has been waiting for months to hear if he will be accepted to serve on the national human rights commission has found out that he didn’t make the final cut.

The appointment of Dede Oetomo, an openly gay academic, to Komnas HAM, Indonesia’s human rights commission, would have made a positive statement in a country that has been accused of regressing in its acceptance of LGBT rights.

October 15, 2012

President Yudhoyono issued a decree last month allowing cheap local production of drugs that treat HIV

The Indonesian government has acted to tackle the nation’s HIV crisis by overriding international pharmaceutical companys’ patents on HIV drugs.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono quietly issued an order to start producing drugs patented by global pharmaceutical companies like Glaxo Smith Kline on home soil, Reuters reports.

September 14, 2012

Islamic students group objects to veteran gay rights activist Dede Oetamo being considered for a role on the Indonesian human rights commission

A group of students protested in Banda Aceh, northwestern Indonesia, on Wednesday against the possibility gay rights activist Dede Oetamo could be appointed onto the country’s human rights commission (Komnas HAM).

Dozens of members of the Indonesian Muslim Students Front (KAMMI) protested.

August 18, 2012

Bisexual pop sensation has revealed her 'special gift' for fans after she had to cancel a concert after security fears

Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga has revealed her new track with rapper Kendrick Lamar is about her cancelled tour date in Indonesia.

The ‘Bad Romance’ singer will feature on Lamar’s new song ‘Partynauseous’, and has said the collaboration is about the anti-gay, violent protests in Jakarta.

Gaga tweeted: ‘I wrote ‘PARTYNAUSEOUS’ about Jakarta, and my relationship with that country.

‘Wishing I could ‘get high with the enemy’ and make peace.

June 26, 2012

Yulianus Rettoblaut, chair of the Indonesian Transgender Forum, says funds are needed for waria nursing home

Indonesian transgender activist Yulianus Rettoblaut is planning a home for elderly waria (transgenders) in Depok, West Java, Indonesia.

‘We have to do [the project] bit by bit because currently no one is eager to support us financially,’ Yulianus said in an interview with The Jakarta Post. ‘I hope that eventually people can see how important this is for our aging friends.’

June 9, 2012

Municipality seeks to ban homosexuality along with prostitution and the consumption of alcohol

The Indonesian city of Tasikmalaya in West Java is seeking to implement controversial Sharia based laws which would make it compulsory for all Muslim women in the city to wear headscarfs and criminalise homosexuality.

Homosexuality is not an offence under Indonesia’s national laws. However many local government areas within the country have sought to ban it by including it in local public morality laws.

June 9, 2012

Municipality seeks to ban homosexuality along with prostitution and the consumption of alcohol

The Indonesian city of Tasikmalaya in West Java is seeking to implement controversial Sharia based laws which would make it compulsory for all Muslim women in the city to wear headscarfs and criminalise homosexuality.

Homosexuality is not an offence under Indonesia’s national laws. However many local government areas within the country have sought to ban it by including it in local public morality laws.

June 5, 2012

Dede Oetomo is one of 30 candidates through to final stage of selection for Komnas HAM, Indonesia’s national human rights commission

Long-serving Indonesian gay rights activist is through to the final leg of selection for the national human rights commission, Komnas HAM.

If Dede Oetomo is one of 15 of the 30 current candidates chosen by parliament to serve on the commission, he will tackle the many human rights abuses against LGBT people in Indonesia.