While traveling to Indonesia sounds exotic, order arriving in Kuta Beach, this Bali can feel like a mistake when you see the ridiculous number of Westerners on vacation. Like thousands of others seeking picturesque beaches and unforgettable sunsets, we ended up in several tourists traps. It took us a while to find the Places We Liked where we could go for a $5 massage, spend a week at surf camp, and then return to our affordable hostel on the beach. Because Lisa wanted her own Eat, Pray, Love experience, we traveled into the town of Ubud where author Elizabeth Gilbert lived, and we had our own spiritual experience when we spent the day with a yogi master who read our auras and cleansed our souls (really, no joke).
While 80% of tourists to Indonesia only travel to Bali, we flew to Muslim-dominated Java to look deeper into the country. We found the most amazing food and took a cooking class (we’re ashamed to say that we managed to gain weight this week while the rest of Indonesia fasted for Ramadan). We ended out visit with an interview with Ema, a bubbly and hopeful lesbian feminist organizing a new generation of peace workers.
This week, our stories of Supergay Indonesians were featured on the popular LGBT websites Bilerco Project and Global Gayz . We were also mentioned in a Huffington Post article that talked about our friend Bevan Dufty’s “superhuman powers as an International Supergay.” You can hear us tell these stories and more in our own words on our recent interview on JOY 94.9, Australia’s LGBT radio station .