Days after a long-running Indonesian television comedy aired last month, its producers got a letter from the broadcast commission warning that a male character in the show was "dressed and behaving like a woman" and could violate broadcasting standards. "We evaluated the show...we immediately reminded our staff to be careful because we are minimizing LGBT content on our network," said Anita Wulandari Prasojo, head of marketing and public relations at Trans7, the private television station that aired the show "Opera van Java" last month. She may have to do more than that in the future. Indonesia's parliament is considering national legislation that would ban lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) content from TV screens by the end of the year.
The rainbow-colored captain’s armband that SBV Vitesse star Guram Kashia wore last week was designed to call for unity among Dutch soccer fans. In Georgia, the small country located some 2,300 miles away from the Netherlands, that simple strip of fabric, which has become a symbol of the LGBT community, is tearing a fan base apart. ” ‘LGBT Kashia’ must be cut off from the Georgian team!” columnist Giorgi Gigauri wrote Friday in one of the country’s most prominent newspapers, Asavali-Dasavali (via RFE/RL). “Georgia’s soccer fathers should know that Georgian men will boycott the team if ‘LGBT-Kashia’ dares to play in the national team jersey.” Gigauri wasn’t alone in his criticism of Kashia’s gesture, which was shared by every other captain of a Netherlands Eredivisie squad.