Effeminate Men Banned From Indonesian TV

| by Michael Allen
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The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, known as KPI, banned men from using effeminate behavior and dressing like women on TV on Feb. 23.

KPI issued a directive that outlaws: men wearing women's clothing and makeup, men practicing feminine body language or speaking in a feminine way, any type of justification or promotion of men acting like women, men greeting men like women and using language that effeminate males use, notes Gay Star News.

"KPI assess these things are not in accordance with the respect for the norms of decency and morality in society and the protection of children and adolescents," KPI said in a statement on its website.

"Airing this content thus can encourage children to learn and/or justify inappropriate behavior such as common in everyday life," KPI added.

Earlier in 2016, a senior Indonesian government official called for outlawing lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender groups on college campuses, while a second official said that instant-messaging companies should eliminate gay- and lesbian-themed emoji, which one company agreed to do, notes The New York Times.

KPI and and a child welfare agency called for an end to TV shows that are “advocating” homosexuality and related themes, partly because boys in the Muslim-majority country are reportedly cross-dressing.

Sources: Gay Star News, The New York Times / Photo credit: Piotr VaGla Waglowski, via Wikimedia Commons

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