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LGBTI Rights in Indonesia


ADDED ON: 01/08/2020

The ‘ex-closeted gay jihadist’ bringing meditation to Jakarta

When Bagia Arif Saputra was growing up in a university town near Jakarta, becoming a jihadist seemed a natural choice for young men like him, who were steeped in the teachings of…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2019

A Test for Foreign Teachers in Indonesia: Are You Gay?

Agree or disagree, the exam asked: “I would feel uncomfortable knowing my daughter’s or son’s teacher was homosexual.” Or this, true or false: “The gender composition of an orgy would be irrelevant…

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ADDED ON: 11/18/2019

It’s ‘deviation’ and ‘mental disability’: Some Indonesian institutions put ban on LGBT applicants

Adding to the long list of prejudices faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Indonesia, some government institutions are refusing to recruit those they say possess “deviations” of…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2019

Thousands protest against Indonesian bill to ban extramarital sex

Thousands of students protested at rallies across Indonesia on Monday against a new criminal code that would outlaw sex outside marriage and gay sex, as lawmakers met the president to discuss how…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2019

‘Yes, I am transgender’: Indonesian singer braves hostility in emotional video

"It has been my inner turmoil for the last two years, but today I want to be honest. The rumours that you've heard out there about me being transgender, they're true. I…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2019

Indonesian president postpones plans to outlaw extramarital sex

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has ordered his government to postpone the ratification of a deeply controversial criminal code that would outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president. The…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2019

President Joko Widodo says Islam in Indonesia is ‘tolerant’ as rights groups warn of rising fundamentalism

In his first international television interview since being re-elected in May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied being concerned about the rise of fundamentalism in his country, saying that the Islam practiced there…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2019

Indonesian city pushing for anti-LGBT law

An Indonesian city of nearly two million people is planning an anti-LGBT law. The city council of Depok, not far from the capital Jakarta, is following other regions legislating against LGBT people…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2019

Head of Islamic school for transwomen wins rights award

The leader of the al-Fatah pesantren (Islamic boarding school) for transwomen, 57-year-old Shinta Ratri, has received the Front Line Defenders Award in honor of her work as a human rights activist. Front…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2019

Indonesia’s prison chief says LGBT inmates will be put in isolation rooms to prevent ‘transmission of sexual disorientation’

Horrible overcrowding has long been a serious issue in Indonesia’s prison, but one that rarely merits much attention from average Indonesians or the local media. But the issue has been much in…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2019

After Brunei episode, Aceh now in spotlight in fight for LGBT rights

George Clooney’s star power helped in Brunei, but LGBT+ advocates said a similar celebrity boycott of businesses in another anti-LGBT+ hotspot in Southeast Asia is unlikely to have the same results. Clooney,…

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