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Jakarta Post

RR. Sri Agustine: A happy lesbian advocate

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 10 2010   /  08:28 am

Courtesy of RR. Sri AgustineAttraction comes early to some people. For RR. Sri Agustine, she had her first crush at the tender age of six, on a girl in her class. What first started as a sweet feeling became the start of a struggle to find her place in the world. After grappling with depression in her teenage years over her sexuality, which was different from the mainstream social norms; a spiritual crisis; running away from home and escaping poverty, she has now found solace as an open lesbian activist, advocating for the rights of lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals. The director of the LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trangender) organization Ardhanary Institute, a research and advocacy group that supports the elimination of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation said she knew her life would not be simple when she accepted that she was a lesbian. “My sexual orienta...