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Jakarta Post

Fighting forward: Unlinking sexual orientation and professionalism

Rinta, a queer 28-year-old, moved from one workplace to another after feeling her environment was unwelcoming. (JP/Azarine Kyla Arinta)
Ikhwan Hastanto
Semarang   ●   Wed, April 14 2021

Tri Teguh Pujianto dreamt of being a policeman ever since he was in high school. Being in the national scouts troop at school gave his life direction and purpose. Getting into the police academy was the obvious next step.

He became a member of the National Police (Polri) in 2007 and was stationed in Semarang, Central Java. Driven by his sense of nationalism, Teguh did very well at work and even received an award from the president. Teguh was promoted to the rank of Brigadier before he turned 30, a relatively young age for the position. Life was good and his future looked bright.

Teguh’s future turned bleak on Valentine’s Day 2017, when he and his male partner were apprehended at the latter’s workplace. He was removed from his post under Pemberhentian Dengan Tidak Hormat (PDTH), or dishonorable discharge, condemning him for hi...

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