Growing up gay in a country with a Muslim majority like Indonesia is like the Justice League heroes hiding their identities! I’m pretty sure that Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman feel lonely when they fight the villain alone. And when they meet each other in a Justice League board meeting, I’m certain they feel happy knowing they’re actually not alone saving this earth from evil. That’s pretty much an illustration of how I feel when I heard of the existence of this “underground” campus club. There’s no chance in Hell we can build a Gay-Straight Alliance club at our campus, but what we can do is turn to this Internet forum where gays in Indonesia can interact with each other. And we did.
We then invited all the members who happen to be students at my campus to create a gathering, and voila! Our first gathering was conducted in a nice cafe and only nine students could make it! But that was only the first meeting, which was conducted in 2006. Yesterday, the seventh gathering was attended by 40 students, not only from my campus but also from other campuses in my city. In fact, I met my first boyfriend there. So did my friend, my friend’s friend, and my boyfriend’s ex. The gathering has created a complicated spider web consisting of of our members’ relationships!