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Bali’s beautiful LGBTI pageant was held in secret

Bali's LGBTI pageant was held in secret (Photo: Facebook)

Indonesia’s most progressive island crowned its LGBTI 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.

Organizers held Bali's LGBTI pageant in secret. (Photo: Facebook)

Organizers held Bali’s LGBTI pageant in secret. (Photo: Facebook)

Bali's LGBTI pageant was held in secret (Photo: Facebook)

Organizers held Bali’s LGBTI pageant in secret. (Photo: Facebook)

No one uploaded photos of the event until the end of last month.

Ahead of elections this year, Muslim leaders across the country have been ramping up their anti-gay rhetoric.

There’s been a spate of arrests and raids on LGBTI individuals and organizations. A number of local authorities have also come out against the LGBTI community, particularly on the island of Sumatra.

Bali's LGBTI pageant was held in secret (Photo: Facebook)

Organizers held Bali’s LGBTI pageant in secret. (Photo: Facebook)

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People regard Hindu-majority Bali as the most tolerant part of Indonesia towards LGBTI people. It is also a popular LGBTI tourist destination.

Yayasan Gaya Dewata organizers Mister and Miss Gaya Dewata pageant is organized. Bali’s leading LGBTI organization was founded in 1992.

Bali's LGBTI pageant was held in secret (Photo: Facebook)

Organizers held Bali’s LGBTI pageant in secret. (Photo: Facebook)

‘We said that we canceled the event, whereas in fact we merely postponed it to stop the terror,” Arya, a committee member, told the Jakarta Post.

What’s more, contestants from across the country flew in for the discreet ceremony.

Bali's LGBTI pageant was held in secret (Photo: Facebook)

Organizers held Bali’s LGBTI pageant in secret. (Photo: Facebook)

‘We wanted to push back, but we know we are just a minority. We took one step back for the greater good of our community,’ transgender finalist Alena Perez told the Jakarta Post.

So far there have been no repercussions, the paper also reported.

Bali's LGBTI pageant was held in secret (Photo: Facebook)

Organizers held Bali’s LGBTI pageant in secret. (Photo: Facebook)

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Author: Rik Glauert