Indonesia’s most progressive island crowned its LGBT kings and queens behind closed doors last month. The island’s Muslim council banned the event from taking place last year, citing ‘rejection from the Balinese community’. But, local organization Yayasan Gaya Dewata crowned its Mr and Miss in secret. They asked finalists, judges, and guests to keep the event at a hotel secret. Indonesia has seen some frightening developments in recent months, including a local Mayor using the military to hunt down LGBT people.
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