Indonesian traditional dance performance
Reog Ponorogo depicts intimate same-sex relationships between two characters, warok (men) and gemblak (boys).
Culturally, Indonesians have long recognised sexual and gender diversity as part of their daily lives.
Homosexuals are expected to conform to ideas of what’s “normal” or “right”, like getting married.
Homonormativity, like heteronormativity, privileges certain lives over others.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited people who were forced out of the military or public service and some who were even prosecuted criminally for “gross indecency.”
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to make a formal apology to LGBTQ2 communities for past state-sanctioned discrimination against them in Canada. But the apology must be more than just words.
Although South Africa has taken steps to rid itself of the apartheid-era view of marriage as only heterosexual and monogamous, discrimination against religious marriages persist.