American deported after tweets hailing 'elevated lifestyle' in Bali

Indonesia American Deported
Posted at 6:47 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 09:47:47-05

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) -- An American graphic designer is being deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali over her viral tweets that celebrated it as a low-cost, queer-friendly place for foreigners to live.

Kristen Antoinette Gray arrived in Bali in January 2020 and wound up staying through the coronavirus pandemic.

On Twitter, she enthused about living an "elevated lifestyle" in Bali that cost much less than living in Los Angeles.

Authorities in Bali said Gray's tweets "disturbed the public" by describing the island as providing comfort to LGBT and encouraging foreigners to come during a pandemic.

Gray said she was not guilty and that she was being deported because of her LGBT messages.