Friday, April 2, 2010

Indonesian Islamist group bullies away LGBT conference: more gays flee Iran for Turkey

The Jakarta Post reports that a conference on sexual orientation in Surabaya, in East Java, Indonesia was bullied into cancellation when radical Islamist elements barged into the hotel and told the participants to leave by Sunday. The story (by Indra Harsaputra and Hans David Tampubolon) link is here.

Secretary-general of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) in East Java, Mohammad Chaeruddin said the participants were told to leave because their speech and activity contradicted Islamist teachings. (Sounds like the way the Vatican behaves, doesn’t it.) They were also ordered not to make media statements. (So I suspect they blogged, big time.)

On Good Friday, April 3, The Washington Post has an article by Anthony Faiola, “Gay Iranians fleeing their country after June’s crackdown”, link here. Some are settling into a largely secular Turkey, where there is a kind of “don’t ask don’t tell” attitude.

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