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Jakarta Post

LGBT rights event proceeds unhindered

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 25 2019   /  12:24 am

While people in other world cities, such as New York, in the United States and Tel Aviv, in Israel celebrate Pride month with carnivals, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group in Jakarta observed it with a low-key discussion on gender and sexuality.The most surprising thing about the event in Jakarta was perhaps that it passed off without being disrupted by police or other organizations.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 US.Around 50 people from different backgrounds held a lively exchange of ideas on gay rights at a discreet location in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Friday evening.Participants knew of the event from a flyer posted by the...