Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk was recently enjoying a well-deserved vacation with his boyfriend in Bali. But their dream trip was ruined on the last day when news broke that the Indonesian government has begun “investigating” villas in that cater to LGBTQ travelers.
This week, Coconuts Bali reported that authorities have begun tracking at least four popular villas in Bali after learning they market to gay clientele. When Berk got wind of this, he wasn’t pleased.
“Well this is very disappointing to read on my last day visiting,” the interior designer wrote on Twitter. “Won’t be recommending or coming back if this is now how the government here is going to act.”
Well this is very disappointing to read on my last day visiting. Won’t be recommending or coming back if this is now how the government here is going to act. “Bali villas investigated for 'catering to gays' and 'tainting' island's reputation” #Bali #LGBTQ https://t.co/KnbWdHZr7J
— Bobby Berk (@bobbyberk) January 14, 2020
Coconuts Bali reports that at least one villa, known as the “Angelo Bali Gay Guesthouse,” seems to have shuttered without any explanation.
The villa’s Facebook page, which described it as an “all-male, small and luxurious guesthouse where clothing is optional,” has mysteriously vanished and the business abruptly stopped operating on January 9.
While Bali is a popular destination for LGBTQ travelers, Indonesia is not known as a particularly gay-friendly country. Gay sex is legal in most regions, but same-sex marriage is not, and LGBTQ people have no protections against against discrimination and hate crimes.
Burk and his boyfriend have since moved on to Vietnam, where they seem to be having a good time, though that country, too, is not known for being the most friendly towards LGBTQ people.