Indonesia

LGBTI Rights in Indonesia


ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Indonesian Religious Minister Denounces LGBTI, but Calls for People’s Empathy

Social media went abuzz earlier this week with #UninstallGoJek after homegrown ride-hailing company Gojek has come under fire after a screenshot of a Facebook post from one of its executives expressing support…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Bali Beauty Pageant Forced to Cancel under Pressure from Anti-LGBT Groups

A Bali beauty pageant promoting HIV education and equality has been called off after mounting pressure from hardline anti-LGBT groups. The event, organized by Yayasan Gaya Dewata — a Denpasar-based Indonesian NGO…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2018

Indonesian Tech Company Go-Jek Under Fire after Vice President Publicly Promotes LGBT Equality

Jakarta start-up Go-Jek has come out in support of LGBT+ equality, prompting several of its existing customers to urge others to stop using the ride-hailing and delivery app. To commemorate National Coming Out Day…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

How Islamists Stigmatise Indonesia’s Transgender Waria

Indonesia’s LGBTI community could be forgiven for thinking their search for equality is going backwards. During the pre-Islamic, Hindu-Buddhist period of Indonesian history, waria (third gender people) were not only accepted –…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Indonesian President’s Running Mate Called for LGBTI Activities to Be Criminalized

Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed concern about the Indonesian president’s running mate, who has a history of clamping down on LGBTI people. Last week President Joko Widodo selected Ma’ruf Amin as his…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2018

New Report Argues Indonesia’s Rising Intolerance Against LGBT Community is Creating a Health Crisis

Once considered a death sentence, decades of advancement in medicine have turned HIV/AIDS into a completely manageable disease. But advancements in science can only do so much when societal attitudes are regressing,…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2018

A History of Harassment: Probing Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Campaign

Last month, Indonesia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community was buoyed by a decision to remove the phrase “same-sex” from the article on fornication in the proposed Criminal Code (KUHP) bill,…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2018

Gay Sex to be Banned in Indonesia – But It’s ‘Not Discriminatory,’ Say Lawmakers

Gay sex is set to be made illegal in Indonesia. The country’s new criminal code, which includes a prohibition on homosexual acts, is currently being discussed in the House of Representatives, with…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Indonesia: MUI Member Deems People Too Permissive Toward LGBTI

West Sumatra’s Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deemed that the rampant spread of LGBTI is caused by society’s permissive behavior. “People tend to be apathetic when they witness this phenomenon as long as the perpetrator…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2018

Did Australia Miss Its Chance to Address LGBT Abuse in Indonesia?

Australia and other Asian leaders may have missed a golden opportunity to confront Indonesia on the increasing persecution of LGBTI people there. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit over…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

Indonesia: Well Organized Advocacy Groups Take on Politicians

In Indonesia, the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights started to become a major national issue that grabbed world attention only a few years ago. In Aceh, the only province…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2018

LGBT ‘Taskforce’ in Indonesian City Adds to Fears of Gay Rights Crackdown

The Indonesian city of Depok has announced it will set up a “taskforce” to curb the activities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, raising fears of a fresh crackdown on…

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