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lp”The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?” 

Where is the love

I just watched the remake of Black Eyed Peas “Where is the Love” (link to the original recording above) and it pretty much summed up the way I’m feeling today…

Where is the Love?  

Listening to the radio, during my mad dash from kindy to school I heard a report from Indonesia:  The constitutional court is considering banning adultery and gay sex.  So, if an LGBT couple are discovered to have had sex they can be prosecuted.  The group leading this is perversely named The Family Love Alliance.  

Where is the Love?

What I later found out is that some parts of Indonesia already punish gay sex as an immoral act.  In an province called Aceh, ruled by Sharia law, the punishment is 100 lashes.  Lashes!  My god, can you imagine this happening to yourself, your friend, your child?  But it doesn’t ended there.  After a public whipping comes a prison sentence of up to 100 months.  Or, you can choose to pay a fine of 1000g of fine gold.

So here we have it.  We haven’t “come so far”, things aren’t “so much better now”.  Things, LGBT rights, will never be better enough until all LGBT people are free to live without fear of persecution.

The past 12 months have been terrible for Indonesia’s LGBT community.

Indonesian gay rights campaigner Dede Oetomo, smiling at the camera. He is wearing thick-rimmed glasses and a pink t-shirt.PHOTO: Gay rights advocate Dede Oetomo feels society has become more conservative. (ABC News: Adam Harvey)

A gay support group was hounded off a university campus. A former cabinet minister said gays should be killed. The nation’s deputy president cut funding to a program designed to end stigma. And the nation’s peak psychiatric body said homosexuality was a condition that could be cured.

The past 12 months have been terrible for Indonesia’s LGBT community.PHOTO: Gay rights advocate Dede Oetomo feels society has become more conservative. (ABC News: Adam Harvey)

A gay support group was hounded off a university campus. A former cabinet minister said gays should be killed. The nation’s deputy president cut funding to a program designed to end stigma. And the nation’s peak psychiatric body said homosexuality was a condition that could be cured.

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