ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Bali Beauty Pageant Forced to Cancel under Pressure from Anti-LGBT Groups

10/15/2018 | Coconuts

A Bali beauty pageant promoting HIV education and equality has been called off after mounting pressure from hardline anti-LGBT groups. The event, organized by Yayasan Gaya Dewata — a Denpasar-based Indonesian NGO focusing on HIV/AIDS education, prevention and support — was originally set for Oct. 10. But intolerant groups took to the internet to harass the event’s venue, the Bhumiku Convention Hall in Denpasar, ultimately coercing it into canceling their agreement to host the event. “Online groups harassed and threatened the venue for the event until they were forced to withdraw their support,” a source within YGD, who wished to remain anonymous, told Coconuts Bali on Oct. 15.

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