‘I’m no deviant’: YouTuber stands up to Indonesia’s anti-gay law

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‘I’m no deviant’: YouTuber stands up to Indonesia’s anti-gay law

Young Muslim kicks back against new bill forcing LGBT+ people to be treated at rehabilitation centres

Beh Lih Yi

An Indonesian YouTube star, whose videos about being gay and living with HIV have generated millions of views, is hoping his popular channel will help fight moves by lawmakers to clamp down on the country’s beleaguered LGBT+ community.

In recent years, there has been a rise in anti-LGBT+ sentiment in the Southeast Asian nation, where homosexuality is not a crime but remains taboo.

Under a new law proposed by Indonesian legislators last month, homosexuality would be defined as “sexual deviation” and LGBT+ people would be required to be treated at rehabilitation centres...

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