Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community. This week’s featured member is @dw-yne.
Who are you?
Hey everyone! I’m Dwayne, and I’m an Indonesian-Dutch kid who’s basically trying to glide through life right now. I’m sorta tall back home, but probably my barely 6’ stature would be just average in the States.
In short, I’m a 23 year-old bi shades (wearing and throwing) enthusiast.
Where are you from?
I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia, but for a short stint I’ve lived in Dallas and San Francisco, and now I live in Bandung (another Indonesian city).
Someday I’d like to move to Bangkok since it has what I think one of the most thriving gay scenes in Asia.
What do you do?
Well currently I’m (still) in college, studying geophysical engineering, working on my (never ending) bachelor thesis on mapping the subsurface of the Tangkuban Parahu volcano in Indonesia. But my thesis defense should be in the next few weeks, so fingers crossed!
Back in high school I played the baritone saxophone in the school orchestra and every now and then I still like to go back and just kinda jam it out with the band.
What are you passionate about?
I’m really passionate about cars, so you might wonder why I didn’t study something related to it for college, but that’s another story to tell. I guess more than anything I’m quite the car geek, I like to get invested in the automotive news but I haven’t found the time to write a decent article myself, so for now it’s just car updates for me.
Currently, I’m getting kinda fired up for the LGBTQ acceptance (hell, even recognition would be fine) in Indonesia, especially considering the strong-worded conservative communities that practically run the country. It kinda irks me that our representation in the media is nearly always reduced to stereotypical props and even the butt of the joke. But, coming from quite a religious family it’s quite a challenge for me to voice out my concerns because I’m still living the grey area (as in out to my friends, closeted to the family) so I’m still gathering all the courage I need to come clean to them.
Racial and religious tension in Indonesia has been quite tense recently, and somehow brought up the tension between the queer and the straights as well. I guess it more likely has to do with the rise in exposure as well, and the community really hates it when the status quo is shaken up, usually voicing their concerns in the name of norms (to give you a picture, the media deems that female breasts are titillating objects that may hypnotize men so the slightest sight of cleavage must be censored). So on one side I’m sorta glad that ‘our kind’ has been braver to expose their true selves on social media but on the other hand I fear for the conservatives’ wrath that may come with the former.
To lighten things up a bit, I’m also passionate about any sort of food and curating my Instagram feed as well.
What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?
Real job, I’d like to be an influencer 😂 jk honestly I haven’t given it much thought lately, but a childhood dream of mine is to design and engineer cars, so there’s that. But I have given becoming a seismologist a thought for some time and developing better techniques to predict earthquakes especially since I live in an earthquake-prone region.
And as for fantasy, i think following the footsteps of Joanne the Scammer would be splendid.
If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?
Let’s evolve for the better. I would like more people to put humanity first over outdated values and norms that they sometimes like to put on a pedestal and cling on so tightly. Take the good ones with us and leave the primeval ones behind.
Any personal plugs?
I know it sounds totally conceited, but since this is for personal plugs anyway check out my insta at http://ift.tt/2yn6mSA