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Jakarta pride month celebrated with incident-free dialogue

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Jakarta   /   Tue, June 25, 2019   /  07:12 am
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While people in other world cities, such as New York and Tel Aviv celebrate Pride month with carnivals, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights community in Jakarta observed it with a low-key discussion on gender and sexuality.(Shutterstock/File)

While people in other world cities, such as New York and Tel Aviv celebrate Pride month with carnivals, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights community in Jakarta observed it with a low-key discussion on gender and sexuality. The most surprising thing about the event in Jakarta was that it was carried out without police or intolerant groups trying to stop it. In a country where LGBT people often face persecution and discrimination, Pride Day is little known. In other parts of the world, it is openly observed in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the gay liberation movement in the United States. Around 50 people from different backgrounds held a lively exchange of ideas on gay rights at an unforthcoming location in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Friday evening. Participants knew of the event from the flyers poste...