Gay Timor

Gay Timor is most probably Timor-Leste's first-ever attempt at representing the country's gay community on the Internet. The self-proclaimed "blog for Timorese gay guys" only has four posts up so far. One of those posts is a list of "Gay Place in Dili for Cruising". The top 10 spots are:

1. Beach front, Palacio do Governo (Government Palace)
2. In front of National University (UNTL)
3. Park in front of Hotel Dili and World Bank Office
4. Beach front, Hotel Turismo
5. Dili Trade Centre during opening hours
6. Amigos Club on Fridays and Saturdays
7. Exotica, on Friday
8. Atlantico on Saturdays
9. Casa Minha on Fridays
10. Motion on Thursdays

I'm curious to see how, if at all, the blog develops. I'm told that there used to be an exclusive gay club in Dili.

Regardless of how Gay Timor goes, I think this is certainly an interesting subject-matter and one that I've seen very few reports and papers about.

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2 Responses to Gay Timor

  1. Roger says:

    Being "gay" or rather a Man who has Sex with another Man (MSM) in Timor is not the easiest life style one could have. Though there is very little HIV in Timor Leste (less than 0.2% of the population is infected), MSM are more affected (1%) as are sex workers (3%, 2003 data).

    Knowledge of HIV is limited and all the conditions are there for an epidemic explosion if something is not done quickly and more importantly where it is needed, that is amongst MSM and Sex-workers.

    Of course, such populations are not as tear jerking as the widows and the orphans, but there seem to be a change in direction in HIV prevention in the last two years that makes me hopeful that for once the right thing will be done at the right place.

    ~r

  2. Would you please note, Roger, that not all men who have sex with men are homosexuals. Some of them are straight. Some of them are bisexual. Furthermore, being gay is not just about having sex with other men. Drawing an equivalence between gay and MSM is mistaken and offensive. Being gay is about being a human and how we interact with a world dominated by discriminatory heterosexual hegemonies that persecute, vilify, imprison and kill us.

    These distinctions are important to make in HIV-AIDS policies because each of those groups needs to be specifically addressed in programs.

    Please see Timor Leste Red Cross excludes homosexuals from HIV-AIDS Reduction Program athttp://easttimorlegal.blogspot.com/2009/09/timor-leste-red-cross-exludes.html and HIV-AIDS and Homophobia in East Timor at http://easttimorlegal.blogspot.com/2009/09/hiv-aids-and-homophobia-in-timor-leste.html

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