Officers had on Sunday night raided a building in the capital Jakarta, called Atlantis, that houses a sauna and a gym, and halted an event they said was called "The Wild One". Homosexuality and gay sex are legal everywhere in Indonesia except in conservative Aceh province, but Mr Nasriadi said that 10 of those arrested in the Jakarta raid could be charged under Indonesia's tough anti-pornography laws. The 10 men include the alleged organisers of the event as well as those suspected of being prostitutes and striptease dancers.
With such a frenetic melting pot Indonesians and foreigners alike, Jakarta is witnessing an emerging gay scene. Apollo is perhaps the most famous gay venues in Jakarta. The person capacity bar and club features a strange and a huge dance floor.
Nevertheless, to be an out gay man in this island republic remains taboo. The moral guardians of Indonesia have been busy over the past eighteen months. After the launch of Playboy Indonesia in Aprilthe Playboy offices in Jakarta were pelted with rocks and the foyer smashed.
On Friday, a police raid on a sauna in central Jakarta ended with the arrests of over 50 people, including foreign nationals, on suspicion that the facility is involved in male prostitution, according to AFP, citing police statement. Up to eight foreigners are reportedly from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Netherlands, according to various media reports. None of them will face criminal charges, Argo Yuwono told Reuters on Saturday.
It is a huge city filled with everything a traveler could want, from beautiful architecture to … Read More. That said, Jakarta does not have much to offer specifically to gay tourists, especially when compared to other large Asian cities. Indonesia is a conservative Muslim country whose attitude to homosexuality has only gotten worse in the past couple of years.
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Seen in the media mixed reports regarding gay people being safe in Jakarta. We are going to Bali in october and not worried, however on our return staying overnight in Jakarta at a hotel close to the airport. We have booked a double room but now worried and think we should have booked a twin room?
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Thank you! If you do not roam around with a slogan " I'm a gay", none will bother with your sexual orientation. Live your life and travel happily.
Naked as the day he was born, the bookish year-old had been invited on stage by one of the strippers hired for a party at the Atlantis Gym. That hardly qualified as outrageous behavior in the red-light district of Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, where the Atlantis was located. Nearby were plenty of venues with suggestive names like the Playboy Sensation, massage parlors for straight men. Handoko felt safe, if a little embarrassed.