IDAHOT 2015 with GAYa NUSANTARA (Report)
Bulan Mei hampir berada di ujung bulan. Artinya perayaan IDAHOT pun sudah hampir selesai. Di tahun 2015 ini, GAYa NUSANTARA mengadakan 3 acara untuk merayakat IDAHOT tahun ini. Rangkaian acara yang dilakukan adalah:
1. Program GN - SBOTV dengan tema "Homophobia terhadap Remaja LGBTI"
Terdapat 3 narasumber untuk acara ini, yaitu: Edyth Revanatha (Aktivis waria dari GN), Wibi Radimas (remaja LGBTI), dan Astrid Wiratna, Psi (Psikolog).
Di dalam acara ini dibahas mengenai tema yang diambil, dimana ditekankan bahwa remaja LGBTI sekarang banyak mengalami efek dari homo/bi/trans-phobia. Keadaan ini pun menuntut mereka untuk mendapatkan lingkungan yang menghargai identitas mereka.
Wibi pun menceritakan pengalamannya terkait homophobia yang dialaminya. Kemudian disambung oleh Bu Astrid membahas tentang apa itu homo/ transphobia, apa yang menyebabkan hal itu terjadi dan dampaknya. Acara ini ditutup oleh Edyth yang menjelaskan mengenai apa itu IDAHOT dan GAYa NUSANTARA.
2. Kuliah umum "Pengantar Kajian Queer" oleh Hendri Julius di FIB UNAIR
Kuliah umum ini dihadiri oleh mahasiswa/i UNAIR dari berbagai jurusan dan dari luar UNAIR. Dalam kuliah umum ini Hendri membahas tentang perkembangan kajian queer secara runtut. Dimulai dari gerakan ilmu mengenai LGBTI terlebih dahulu. Kenapa diskriminasi terhadap LGBTI terjadi, efeknya, peran negara disini. Kemudian mengenai kajian queer dan kritiknya terhadap kajian ini yang masih terus berkembang.
Rekaman acara tersebut dapat diunduh disini dan disini
3. Bedah buku "Coming out" karya Hendri Yulius di c2o
Di bedah buku ini Hendri menceritakan bagaimana sulitnya mencari penerbit untuk bukunya ini. Pemilihan judul, dan hal menarik lainnya ketika menulis buku ini.
Hendri mengatakan bahwa perjuangan membawa isyu LGBTI ini pun harus terus ditingkatkan.
Credit: GAYa NUSANTARA
How to destroy every single argument against same-sex marriage:
Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been toldPhoto via YouTube.Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.Wrong.There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.In late medieval France, male couples vowed to live together sharing ‘un pain, un vin, et une bourse’ – one bread, one wine, and one purse.Sadly at other times, lesbian and gay couples were persecuted. It’s time to take the best bits of history, not the worst bits.2 Gay marriage causes floods and earthquakes.We checked the weather data for the first day of same-sex marriage in the capital city of every country that has passed it so far.There was not a single drop of rain in the capitals of 17 of them: The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland or Luxembourg.Admittedly, it rained a bit in Copenhagen and Paris when the first Danish and French gay couples wed. But mostly passing same-sex marriage looks like a good way to almost guarantee a day of sunshine.3 Civil partnerships or civil unions are good enough.The rights and responsibilities offered around the world in marriage ‘equivalents’ vary. Civil Partnerships in the UK were very different from PACS in France, for example. Both countries later saw sense and allowed marriage for all.Marriage equality means same-sex couples are treated fairly in their own countries and anywhere else where marriage is equal. Alternatives don’t guarantee that.But most important, is the lesson of history that ‘separate but equal’ is never equal. Full gay marriage means that gay and lesbian citizens are equal citizens, not second-class, and are properly respected by society.4 The government has no ‘right’ to interfere in marriage which is a religious institution.Marriage has existed (in some cases including same-sex couples) before most of today’s major world religious were even thought of.It has always involved civil or legal rights and responsibilities, rather than being purely a religious undertaking.In many countries, including France, Bulgaria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Turkey you have to register in a legal ceremony before undertaking the religious aspect of marriage.In the US, Britain, Canada, Ireland and Spain – religious groups are allowed to conduct weddings where both the legal and religious parts happen together. But even there, the religious celebrant is acting as an agent of the state. And if the legal red-tape is not dealt with (like the signing of a register) then the marriage is not recognized, even if it has been conducted ‘in the eyes of god’.The proof? Divorce is always through the courts. The state always holds ultimate power over marriage.5 It goes against religion.Some religious leaders have likened same-sex marriage to slavery and child abuse or even demanded death for those who wed.Luckily in many countries which have passed same-sex marriage most people, including people of faith don’t agree with them.And others want to marry gay couples – including some Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Neopagans and more. If you believe in religious freedom, you should support their freedom to do that.This is not the secular world fighting the spiritual one. It’s religious fundamentalists against progressives of all faiths and none.6 Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples will be forced to conduct weddings against their will.This myth has been raised in every country where gay and lesbian marriage has been introduced. In reality, the laws have protected faiths from having to marry people.7 Marriage is an ancient institution and we shouldn’t change it.This ‘institution’ is no way static. Heterosexual marriage is now about romantic love – it used to be about power games.Many of us have abandoned the idea of brides being treated as property, of dowries being handed over to sweeten the deal and of arranged marriages. We no longer allow unions between close cousins to promote political or strategic ties, as practiced by European royalty.Polygamy was common in the past – particularly in religious history. Now those same faiths are against it. You may not know that there have been times when group marriage, involving multiple partners of both genders, has been permitted.Sometimes change is good.8 It will be people marrying dogs next.Gay marriage supporters are clear they are talking about a relationship between consenting adults. They don’t want marriage between grown-ups and children, as children that’s child abuse. And animals are not humans and can’t consent.Worth noting too that polygamists throughout history have never used homosexuality to justify their unconventional marriages.9 Gay and lesbian marriage undermines straight marriage.Marriage has been around in one form or another for thousands of years and has weathered far bigger changes than this.Allowing gay and lesbian people to ‘buy in’ to marriage makes it more popular and, therefore, stronger.The only way gay marriage could weaken heterosexual marriage is if it was so vastly superior that everyone would ‘switch sides’.Do you really believe straight men would abandon their wives and end up clamoring to enter into same-sex unions?10 Marriage is for raising children and gay and lesbian couples can’t have kids.We all know straight married couples who don’t have children. Should they be forced to divorce? We also know that religious leaders happily marry couples where one or both is infertile. They admit it.Increasing numbers of gay, lesbian and bi single people and couples have children. They give children a loving, caring home and are often excellent parents. Some adoption and fostering agencies say that gay people’s understanding of bigotry and prejudice gives them a particular strength when it comes to helping vulnerable kids.If other children benefit from being part of a loving, stable, married family, shouldn’t that also be on offer to adopted kids who need stability more than anyone?11 Marriage benefits society so shouldn’t be touched.Marriage does benefit society. It creates loving, stable, supportive links between two people and that can ripple out to all around them, linking and helping friends, families and communities.Love is an ultimate good. The phrase ‘charity begins at home’ really means that love begins in a loving, stable home and reaches out from there to support people who come into contact with it. Gay people are a part of that and marriage will support them.12 Most people are against it.The polls so far have indicated that when a serious debate starts in a country about same-sex marriage, there’s a shift in attitudes. Increasing numbers start to support it. By the time the law passes, most support it. After it becomes law, the support keeps going up.And if you still don’t agree with same-sex marriage, just don’t get married to someone of the same sex.13 Gay relationships don’t last.A typical divorce rate for heterosexual marriages in Australia, the US, UK and Western Europe is around 30% to 40%. Same-sex marriage hasn’t been around long enough to come up with reliable figures for our divorce rates but the figures so far don’t look very different to this.In Norway and Sweden, for example, one study found a slightly higher split-up rate among same-sex couples. But in Denmark it was far lower than among straight couples. So there’s no way you can say gay and lesbian couples are more likely to divorce.If you were going to ban people from getting married just on the basis that they are at higher risk of divorce, you wouldn’t allow heterosexuals who have previously divorced to re-marry. Second marriages are far more likely to end. But we all deserve second chances.14 Same-sex marriage is going to happen anyway, so I don’t need to do anything.Around the world, this is a massive fight. It has been hard and it’s going to get even harder.The people fighting same-sex marriage are every bit as passionate as the LGBTI community and, more often than not, far better funded.If you want a fair future, stand up for it every chance you get.Credit: Argument
Church in Ireland needs 'reality check' after gay marriage vote
By BBC's Ireland correspondent Chris Buckler
What the 'yes' vote means
CELEBRATE IDAHOT 2015 WITH US
Tanggal 17 Mei 2015 sebentar lagi tiba, ini berarti IDAHOT (International days againts Homo/ Trans/ Bi- Phobia) semakin dekat, di tahun ini GAYa NUSANTARA memiliki tiga rangkaian acara dimana kawan - kawan dapat bergabung dengan gratis:
1. Nonton SBO dari jam 12.00 14.00 tanggal 18 Mei 2015, aktivist transgender MtF (Edyth Revanatha) dari GAYa NUSANTARA, gay muda (Wibi Radimas), dan Astri Wiratna, Psi akan ngobrol tentang Homo/ Trans/ Bi - Phobia di kawan - kawan LGBTI
2. Kuliah tamu bareng Hendri Yulius di UNAIR tanggal 23 Mei 2015 jam 10.00 - 12.00 dengan tema "Pengantar Kajian Queer"
3. Bedah buku "Coming out" karya Hendri Yulius di c2o tanggal 23 Mei 2015 jam 19.00 - 21.00
Jangan lupa bergabung ya kawan - kawan. Ditunggu kedatangannya
Aceh women, activists slam latest sharia-based regulations
Women activists in Aceh consider the latest sharia regulations banning unmarried men and women from riding together on motorcycles and separating female and male students in high schools in North Aceh to be unnecessary.
Acehnese activist Samsidar said the separation of female students from male students was an idea that was based only on the thoughts of men.
“This is a policy that is not important for the development of education in Aceh,” said Samsidar, who is also a former member of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan).
She said such a separation was not a guarantee that education in Aceh would move in a better direction compared to other regions in Indonesia.
“It would’ve been better for the administration to issue a regulation siding with economically poor people having no access to education to be able to enjoy education,” Samsidar said.
North Aceh is one of the regencies in Aceh with a high concentration of poor families. Many families in the regency cannot afford school fees for their children.
Samsidar also said that although Aceh had long been known as a populous Muslim region, never in its history had male students been separated from female students when they were studying in class.
“Such separation only applies in Islamic boarding schools, which implement such a regulation,”
She expressed hope that the North Aceh administration would think twice before issuing the regulation as it would have a bad influence on the education of young Acehnese.
She argued that student competitiveness would lessen because of the separation. This would influence existing teaching procedures.
The North Aceh regency administration also banned unmarried couples from riding together on motorcycles, banned women from dancing in public and from straddling motorcycles.
“There are some clauses banning women from dancing in front of men because doing so could incite negative perceptions and sometimes trigger sexual arousal,” said the head of the North Aceh Legislative Council legislation agency, Tgk Fauzan Hamzah.
North Aceh Ulema Consultative Council head Abu Mustafa Ahmad Paloh Gadeng said the regulation banning unmarried couples from riding motorcycles together was urgent because relationships between young people in the regions had reached an alert level.
“We see it as important because many of the activities and relationships among our young people are deviating from Islamic teachings,” he said.
Based on Islamic teachings, he said, it was clear that unmarried couples could not sit together on motorcycles. “It is clear that sitting together on a motorbike for them is violating Islamic teaching,” he added.
Others, however, saw the qanun (bylaw) banning unmarried couples from riding on motorcycles together as a hindrance.
“There will be limitations and difficulties that women in Aceh have to deal with because of the regulation,” Acehnese university student Nurul Aminah said.
She argued that not every woman could ride a motorcycle, so sometimes needed get on a bike with a man driving.
“The regulation will restrict women’s movements and their means of expression,” Nurul said.
Other subjects regulated include raising animals such as dogs (unclean according to Islamic teaching), managing entertainment centers and controlling the movements of teenagers in the evenings.
Nia Dinata: Standing up for the LBGT community
Acclaimed director and producer Nia Dinata takes pride in the films she’s made — especially those that tell the stories of regular people who just happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).
“I am really close to LGBT people. I often become the place where they curhat,” Nia said, referring to a word meaning to pour your heart out to someone.
According to Nia, people don’t know about the stories of members of the LBGT community since the mainstream media tends not to be very interested in the subject — which is why she has not flinched in making movies with LBGT characters.
For example, Nia produced Madame X, the transgender superhero comedy starring Aming.
She’s also focused on LBGT issues in her own films as a director, such as the box-office hit Arisan! (The Gathering) as well as the award-winning Berbagi Suami (English title: Love for Share), which both feature gay romances.
Nia said that she grew up with two gay relatives who were accepted by her late grandmother, Rohani Yunir, who treated them like any other family member.
About 40 percent of the staff at Nia’s Kalyana Shira Foundation are members of the LBGT community, she says. The non-profit foundation, created in 2006, fights for women, children and marginalized people.
Meanwhile, another program of Nia’s, Project Change, launched in 2008 and funded in part by the Ford Foundation, trains young people to make short films or documentaries about gender equality, teaching them filmmaking skills and increasing people’s awareness.
Nia said that the latest Project Change, which ran
from December 2013 to April 2014, yielded one narrative film, Monica Teda’s Sleep Tight Maria, and
four documentaries: Ima Puspita Sari’s Nyalon (Salon), Asrida Elisabeth’s Tanah Mama (Mother’s Soil), Yatna Pelangi’s Pertanyaan untuk Bapak (Question for Father) and Anggun Pradesha’s Emak dari Jambi (Mother
The films offer frank exploration of topics considered taboo in Indonesia.
In Pertanyaan untuk Bapak, for example, a man confesses that he’s gay — and tries to find his father, who raped him as a child. Meanwhile, in Emak dari Jambi the bare buttocks of its main character, a transgendered person, are shown many times — including when she asks a friend to inject silicon to her posterior.
The films won’t be submitted to the Film Censorship Board (LSF), as they were not made for commercial purposes, Nia says, planning to screen the films at festivals and universities and to LGBT groups.
“If I bring these films to the LSF, they will censor all the content. There would be nothing left,” she said, laughing.
Nia said that she often received hate emails and text messages.
“They ask where are my morals and the like. However, I am not afraid of them. They were just bluffing. There was no action.”
Up next for Nia is making a feature-length version of her transgendered-themed short film Kebaya Pengantin (Wedding Gown) and telling more stories from the margins of Indonesian society.
“That’s the challenge facing us,” she says. “We will not give up because there are many stories about LGBT we have yet to share.”
Source: Nia Dinata
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