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Senior gay activist King Oey finds peace in self-acceptance and activism

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

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Bali  /  Thu, April 15, 2021  /  02:17 pm
Senior gay activist King Oey finds peace in self-acceptance and activism

The 67-year-old King co-founded Arus Pelangi (A Wave of Rainbows), an LGBT-rights nongovernmental organization (NGO) established in 2006. (JP/Courtesy of King Oey)

In his recent biography, Pokoknya Ada Pelangi (roughly 'At Any Rate, There Is a Rainbow'), senior Indonesian LGBT activist King Oey chronicles the insights he gained through years of firsthand experience as an activist for gay rights. The book was published late last year by Yayasan Obor Indonesia and written by women's and children's rights activist Magdalena Sitorus. "The threat for LGBT individuals [in Indonesia] is real. We have to train them to build their sense of self-confidence collectively, so little by little they can accept themselves enough not to take the intimidation and humiliation leveled against them," King told The Jakarta Post. The 67-year-old co-founded Arus Pelangi (A Wave of Rainbows), an LGBT-rights nongovernmental organization (NGO) established in 2006. King (born Oey Toen King, 67 years ago) said he had witnessed firsthand how diff...

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