What does it mean to be openly gay in Indonesia today? Coconuts Bali Managing Editor Sheany speaks with singer-songwriter Kai Mata about her struggles as a lesbian growing up in Jakarta.
From receiving hundreds of death threats daily to being recognized by police, Kai Mata has endured a lot since her coming out video went viral. Since then, she’s become a prominent voice for the LGBTQ+ community in Indonesia through her lyrics, and by speaking out on controversial bills like the Family Resilience Bill.
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