10 Jan '18, 10am

Indonesian Air Force tweet sparks LGBT debate.

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An exchange of tweets between the Indonesian Air Force's Twitter administrator and its followers has opened a debate on whether members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community were allowed to serve in the country's armed forces. It all started when the air force's official account, @_TNIAU, tweeted that every soldier was forbidden from committing immoral acts, and they would be discharged if they did. A follower using the Twitter handle RatnaPurba (@ratpruba) then posted a reply asking: "What about the LGBT?" The Twitter administrator responded by saying that LGBT people could not join the air force, and that such sexual preferences were a mental disorder. "There is (a) mental health test in the selection process. LGBT is included as a mental disorder. If there are still many candidate soldiers who are m...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-air-f...

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