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Jakarta Post

Fired gay policeman fights for his rights

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Semarang   /   Thu, May 16 2019   /  12:20 am

He had loyally served in the police force for 10 years but was dishonorably discharged last December, not for accepting bribes or disobeying his superiors but because of his sexual orientation. The 29-year-old brigadier, identified only as TT, is a homosexual, which he had kept a secret for years until he was ambushed by fellow officers while on a date with his partner on Valentine’s Day. TT, an officer at the Semarang Police in Central Java, said he was nothing but a victim of discriminatory policy and vowed to fight for his rights with the help of local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups. “Serving the people and the community as a police officer for the last 10 years is my pride. I have given my best and have not made any mistakes during my service all these years. And they fired me like this, for something private that doesn’t harm others. I’m very d...