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LGBTI Rights in Indonesia


ADDED ON: 05/25/2022

Indonesia may outlaw gay sex amid growing anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

Indonesia’s parliament is debating a bill that would outlaw so-called deviant sexual behavior, raising alarm among human rights activists about a possible increase in violence against LGBTQ people. Homosexuality and extramarital sex…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2022

Indonesia summons British ambassador over LGBT flag.

The Indonesian authorities summoned Monday the British ambassador, Owen Jenkins, to protest the raising of an LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) flag in the embassy, considering it controversial in the Muslim-majority…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2022

Popular Indonesian podcast faces backlash over gay couple episode Popular Indonesian podcast faces backlash over gay couple episode.

A popular Joe Rogan-esque podcast in Indonesia is facing backlash and calls for boycott from the country’s conservatives over a recent episode featuring a gay married couple. Magician-turned-fitness enthusiast-turned-TV personality Deddy Corbuzier,…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2022

Tough times for trans Indonesians, battered by Covid and the label ‘LGBT’.

The adoption of the label “LGBT” for Indonesia’s sexual minorities has increased their visibility but also made them a target of conservatives’ hostility, according to author/researcher Hendri Yulius Wijaya. Covid-19 restrictions have…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2022

Covid takes a toll on transgender entertainers in Indonesia, where even the term LGBT is seen as a threat

It was almost 2pm in one of the outer western suburbs of Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city of more than three million inhabitants. Merry, 50, a transwoman, had just alighted from a bemo, or public…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2021

Banned and blocked: LGBT+ websites censored from Russia to Indonesia

When Russian cities started banning Pride marches, LGBT+ rights activist Mikhail Tumasov took to the internet to make sure his organisation kept its voice. But state authorities were quick to catch up.…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2021

Indonesia’s trans women pushed to the brink during COVID pandemic

After catching the coronavirus, Jenny Mikha was faced with a choice: go out on the streets to find food, and infect more people, or starve. Like many of Indonesia's marginalised and stigmatised…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2021

These 15 Historical Examples Of LGBTQ Culture Around The World You Might Not Have Known About

Nonbinary Vikings - Viking imagery in contemporary culture is heavily associated with stereotypes surrounding masculinity; long-haired, heavily muscled warriors are used to sell everything from beer to sports. While gender boundaries were…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2021

Indonesian LGBT+ magazines find a second life online

Two men embracing on a magazine cover was more than risqué for Indonesia, thought LGBT+ researcher Ais, when he first discovered a trove of retro LGBT+ zines in Bali last year. "Suddenly…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2021

HELL ON EARTH Inside Indonesia’s horrific exorcisms, rapes and electroshock torture to ‘cure’ LGBT people and ‘pray away the gay’

EXORCISMS have largely been confined to the history books – but they're a grim modern-day reality in Indonesia. Many made to have the "treatment" don't even have anything wrong with them, but…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2021

Exorcisms and ‘corrective’ rape: inside Indonesia’s controversial LGBT ‘conversion’ therapies

Growing up as someone who does not conform to traditional gender norms is not easy in Indonesia. Just ask Christine*, a 35 year-old transgender woman in West Java who has been made…

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ADDED ON: 03/16/2021

Indonesia’s LGBTQ community angry at rise of conversion therapies

Kai Mata found herself at the center of a homophobic storm last year when she posted a video of herself online denouncing a draft of bill that included articles on forcing LGBTQ…

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