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North Sumatra University breaks up student forum on LGBT literature

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan   /   Wed, March 27, 2019   /  07:02 pm
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The chief editor of a student press organization has bemoaned North Sumatra University's ban on the discussion of LGBT literature, saying that it infringed on students' right to free speech.(Shutterstock/File)

Shortly after disbanding its student press, Suara USU, for publishing an LGBT-themed short story, North Sumatra University (USU) has barred former members of the now-defunct press organization from holding discussions on LGBT issues. Officials from the USU rectorate made the decision on Tuesday to break up a forum organized by Suara USU to discuss a literary piece titled Semua Menolak Kehadiran Diriku di Dekatnya (Everyone Refuses My Presence Near Her). The piece, which describes the discrimination faced by homosexuals in the country, was written and posted by Yael Stefany Siaga on the Suara USU website.  The forum, which was attended by literature experts and members of the press, was already well under way when members of the rectorate insisted that the discussion be shut down immediately.  The incident faced resistance from students and shows how the university&...