Being queer in Indonesia with singer-songwriter Kai Mata | The Coconuts Podcast | May 22, 2020

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.

Other stories include:

Indonesian influencer auctions virginity for COVID-19 aid, later apologizes for ‘satirical’ stunt

‘The Terminal’ BKK Edition: Stranded Nigerians living in airport since March

No otter slaughter, Singapore’s animal lovers tell the haters

Travelers entering Bali via Ngurah Rai International Airport to undergo swab tests: official

Reporter Doris Bigornia powers through as scene-stealing cat fight ensues during live interview

Police ban annual march marking anniversary of Tiananmen massacre, citing COVID-19 restrictions

The Coconuts Podcast delivers impactful, weird, and wonderful reporting by our journalists on the ground in eight cities: Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, and Bali. Listen to headline news and insightful interviews on matters large and small, designed for people located in – or curious about – Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.

Download or stream it now from a variety of platforms including on Coconuts.coApple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Whooshka. We’ve also partnered with Google to bring The Coconuts Podcast to all of its Google Assistant-powered devices, from smartphones to home automation systems.

Send this to a friend