Gay Indonesian Couple Arrested For Cuddling On Facebook

Same-sex relations aren't illegal in Indonesia, but they're also not tolerated.

A gay Indonesian couple who posted a photo of themselves cuddling on Facebook were arrested in North Sulawesi province Monday on charges of distributing gay pornography.

Authorities described the offending photo, which featured the two men — aged 22 and 24 — kissing while shirtless, as “LGBT pornography in the form of two men canoodling.”

The photo’s caption reportedly read: “With my dear lover tonight. May our love last forever.”

The couple were arrested after admitting to police that they were the men in the photo. If found guilty of “posting lewd materials online,” they may face up to seven years in jail, About Croatia reports.

The arrest comes amid a crackdown on sexual minorities in the Southeast Asian nation, where being LGBT is widely condemned though not explicitly illegal. With zero legislative protection for LGBT people against homophobic attacks and/or hate speech, queer Indonesians face constant discrimination and violence.

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It is illegal to engage in same-sex sexual activities in 75 other countries around the world, and in 10 of those countries, simply being gay is punishable by death.

For more information about LGBT rights abroad and how you can help, visit Logo’s Global Ally site.

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