Known as Brigadier TT, the 30-year-old says he was dishonourably discharged in 2017 due to his sexuality. He attempted to take the Central Java force to court over the dismissal. But, on Friday (24 May), a judge rejected his case, arguing that the former policeman should have filed a case immediately following his dismissal. TT’s attorney, Ma’ruf Majammal, said they were considering appealing the decision. ‘This will not stop’ he is reported to have said. Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, except for in one state with Sharia law. But, since 2016, Islamic fundamentalism has fuelled anti-LGBT policies and rhetoric from the nation’s leaders.
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