The Kimberley Queen who escaped persecution in Indonesia to find sanctuary in Broome

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03/01/2019

Escaping persecution as a gay man in Indonesia several years ago, the reigning Kimberley Queen has instead found a supportive community in the northern Western Australia town of Broome. Growing up in Yogyakarta, a city regarded as progressive by Indonesian standards, Dimas Adiputra had to hide his sexuality. “You can actually get — not stoned to death — but you can go to jail under the name of morality,” Mr Adiputra said. The country has seen a growing number of by-laws targeting LGBT people, and in 2015 Indonesia’s Council of Islamic Scholars issued a fatwa recommending the Government allow the death penalty for gay and lesbian “activities”.

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