When Complimenting Bali For Being Queer Friendly Gets You Deported

Written by Staff Writers
Category: Agenda Published: Thursday, 21 January 2021 16:59

An American lesbian couple who recently moved to Bali are being deported after one of the women – Kristen Gray – tweeted about their enjoyment of Bali and its 'queer friendly' nature.

Indonesian officials say this may have violated several immigration laws, including 'intentionally disseminat[ing] unsettling information' about Bali.

Kristen was also promoting an e-book which included information on how to 'go about getting into Indonesia during COVID'. The country's borders are currently closed to foreigners.

Bali ebook screenshot
Image - @permadiaktivis1 on Twitter
Kristen Twitter screenshot
Image - @ilhamfrdsss_ on Twitter

Kristen's compliments about Bali being 'queer friendly' have not only been met with discomfort from Indonesian officials, but also queer people living in Bali. While same-sex marriage is not illegal in most of Indonesia, the country's LGBTQIA+ community has faced pressure in recent years, and their rights are limited.

One proposed bill in the country's national assembly would in fact declare queer people as a 'threat' to the nuclear family.

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