Don’t Cry for Me Indonesia

17 05 2017

Today, on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, two Sumatran men were sentenced to public whipping with a cane. Their crime? Consensual gay sex in private. The victims had been apprehended by a gang of vigilantes who broke into their private room to catch them “in the act”. Its a chilling development in an alarming trend: Indonesia’s slide into the ranks of countries ruled by religious extremism.

The judgement follows on from the appalling, racist and transparently political incarceration of Jakarta’s governor ( a double minority, being Christian and Chinese) for “blasphemy”) an offense that a) it is clear he did not commit and b) should not be illegal anyway in any modern country. The courts have sent a clear message – they will side with the loud voices of religious conservatives.

The same law has been used to persecute the Gafatar minority, whose unorthodox and syncretic blend of Islam – arguably much more representative of Indonesia’s own culture – was deemed to be sacriligious for, among other things, allowing Muslims the choice to pray rather than labelling it as compulsory.

It is a scary time. Despite Jakarta’s new modern art museum and Hooter’s outlet (!) there can be no doubt that one of Asia’s most famously tolerant societies is slipping into a religious dark age. Wake up Indonesia, before its too late!





Day glo trippin’ : When K-Pop takes drugs

10 05 2017





Glamour queen

10 05 2017





Art of Cauro Hige

6 05 2017

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Strangers on a train.





Men Without Women

6 05 2017

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It has been a depressing few weeks for gay rights, with an ongoing witchhunt in Chenchnya leading to the imprisonment, torture and murder of gay men while closer to home, an Indonesian university successfully banned any gay people from attending. But there is also hope, this week arriving in the form of an English translation for the lovely, heart warming comic “My Brother’s Husband,” aimed at educating a mainstream heterosexual (Japanese) audience on homosexuality.

You can order it here.

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Also out of Japan this week, though not at all gay-related (despite the titled) is Harumi Murakami’s latest!





Insta-famous

1 05 2017

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Instagram feed shots from Melbourne’s Honcho Disko Party, which looks like it is well worth checking out (above), and Thai actress Araya Chompoo Hargate (below). Despite her fashion icon status, her personal instagram styling has, to my eyes, more misses than hits. This is one of the exceptions.

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And finally, Francois Sagat visits my favourite Paris museum, the Musee de la Chasse et Nature.

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God vs gayz, nooses and lollipops

27 04 2017

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