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Hello, I will occasionally pop in to spread any interesting information. I am doing great since I've left Anyway, this might be of interest to some people.
I was discussing the state of LGBTQ+ people during the time of the Dutch East Indies with a few people yesterday, because of course, a lot of us can't really picture homosexuality before our era. Indeed, we are so disjointed from our history that even between me and a 30-something gay guy, there is a chasm of differing viewpoints and linguistic repertoire. Imagine what it's like a century back or so.
This article contains a few accounts (even a few from President Soekarno) regarding homosexuality during the advent of Indonesia as a nation. The author of this article writes of homosexuality as a deviance, but if you can put that aside for a while, this is quite a worthwhile read.
Apparently, there was a crackdown in 1938 in many Indonesian urban and rural areas for homosexuals and pedophiles (ironically, today, the AILA, for example, still does this). The Dutch themselves did not prohibit homosexuality explicitly in the Netherlands, and apparently they enacted the crackdown in Indonesia in relation to its understanding from within the natives' beliefs.
This was a particularly problematic thing because the people targeted were mostly European men who solicited the services of young, native Indonesian boys. The exploitation of these young boys is not separate from the colonial supremacy, regardless of the nature of the sexual exploitation. Still, this presents an issue, because homophobia has much more tangled roots than we thought in Indonesia.
The beginning of the 20th century was more or less a decadent time for the Dutch East Indies, and European gays had the privilege of being out and about, while the native Indonesians did not. With this, the perception towards homosexuality is strengthened to be likened to a Western, colonial power, unrecognized within the archipelago as something naturally occurring.
The sad fact is, one does not hear a lot of the voices of those native LGBTQ+ individuals, for their voice is the voice that matters in this issue compared to the European ones or the non-LGBTQ+ natives, and yet, of course, theirs are drowned. One precious account came from Sucipto, born in 1910, and told of his experiences throughout the last vestiges of the time of the Dutch East Indies, expressed in the book 'Gay Pilihan Jalan Hidupku: Pengakuan Seorang Gay Priyayi Jawa Zaman Penjajahan Belanda'.

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