Before I say anything else, let me preface by saying I am a straight, cisgender woman from an upper-middle class Indonesian family. Growing up, I never met anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ or queer.
At age 15, I moved to the United States — and all that changed.
The differences between the two countries are striking: the ideologies, values, cultures, norms, and social constructs are all different. But the most striking difference lies with the kinds of people I’ve met along the way.