Indonesia

LGBTI Rights in Indonesia


ADDED ON: 05/07/2020

Forced exorcisms touted as ‘cure’ for LGBT Indonesians

Andin is haunted by memories of being forced into an exorcism to "save" her from being transgender -- a ritual that could become mandatory for Indonesia's LGBT community if a controversial new…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2020

Lesbian Indonesian singer bats away messages of hate to pen songs about acceptance of LGBT minority and respect for all

Indonesian singer and songwriter Kai Mata realised, as a teenager in Jakarta, she liked women more than men – but her realisation was quickly followed by disillusionment. “There seemed to be no…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2020

Helping others: Manado LGBT community raises funds for COVID-19 food aid

The members of an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Manado, North Sulawesi, have joined hands to raise funds and distribute relief aid to those affected by the local COVID-19…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2020

Indonesia police will not bring murder charges in case of transgender woman burned to death

Indonesian police said on Wednesday they would not bring murder charges against suspects accused of killing a transgender woman by dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire. The 43-year-old died…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Gay YouTuber takes aim at Indonesia’s ‘sexual deviant’ bill

An Indonesian YouTube star, whose videos about being gay and living with HIV have generated millions of views, is hoping his popular channel will help fight moves by lawmakers to clamp down…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2020

Seven Asian movies celebrating LGBT romance

While Hollywood has blockbuster queer films Brokeback Mountain (2005), Moonlight (2016) and Call Me By Your Name (2017), social stigmas and cultural taboos mean that LGBTQ+ characters in Asian cinema are scarce.…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2020

Indonesia doubles down on move to ban homosexuality and send ‘offenders’ to ‘rehab’ clinics

Indonesia is proposing legislation that would force LGBT+ people into treatment to “cure” their sexuality or gender identity. The “Family Resilience Bill” would force LGBT+ people into government-sanctioned “rehabilitation centres”, which would…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2020

Morality police swing out wildly in Indonesia

Indonesia’s self-appointed morality police are at it again, this time featuring a university-educated member of the Commission for the Protection of Children (KPAI) who drew public ridicule by claiming that women risk…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2020

Indonesia could force LGBT people into rehabilitation under draft ‘family resilience’ law

A proposed bill to be considered by Indonesian Parliament would compel people with "deviant" sexual persuasions to undergo "rehabilitation". The so-called Family Resilience Bill, which covers many aspects of family life in…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2020

Indonesians Are Turning To Exorcisms to ‘Cure’ Members of the LGBTQ Community

After evening prayer at the mosque, 33-year-old Syifa’s* parents asked her to lie down on a prayer rug. As they recited verses from the Quran, Syifa tried her best to contain her…

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ADDED ON: 02/10/2020

Five Urgent Issues for Indonesia’s President to Address

On February 10, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (known as Jokowi) will address Australia’s parliament. Indonesia is often referred to as the democratic success story of Southeast Asia and a model of Muslim…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2020

Indonesia: Rejecting homophobic pseudoscience

Sensational headlines, clickbait articles and pseudoscience cannot be tolerated when they promote fear and hatred. Many in the media, including writers and editors, use these techniques to inflame prejudice against homosexuality and…

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