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No link between crimes, sexual orientation: Post-Reynhard anti-LGBT sentiment condemned

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 17, 2020   /  01:30 pm
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Hate and fear: Thousands of anti-LGBT demonstrators march in Bogor, West Java, in this Nov. 9, 2018 photo. (AFP/Sandika Fadilah Rusdani)

It never crossed Ayu Bagaoesoekawatie’s mind that crimes committed in Manchester, the United Kingdom, a place thousands of kilometers away, would directly have an impact on him. Bagoes, a 28-year-old queer man in Jakarta, has had to face the reality that the crimes by Reynhard Sinaga, another Indonesian gay man, have affected him. Following the conviction of Reynhard for serial rapes, Bagoes, who is open about his identity, said his friends have started to liken him to the rapist or made comments with anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) sentiments. "A friend said to me that [LGBT people] had to be guided and banished," Bagoes told The Jakarta Post. Reynhard, a 36-year-old Indonesian citizen was sentenced to life for 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, 13 counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault with penetration i...