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Indonesian Chat Show Under Fire Just For Mentioning Transgender People On Air

An Indonesian chat show has received a written warning by the country’s broadcasting authority for simply talking about transgender people on air. The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) said it would sanction Brownis Tonight for airing content that “addressed transgender issues.” KPI central commissioner Hardly Stefano said they’d received complaints about two episodes of the program …

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Two More Indonesian Men Arrested For Allegedly Having Gay Sex

Two more men have been arrested in the Indonesian province of Aceh and charged with having gay sex, as human rights advocates call for authorities to protect LGBTIQ people from anti-gay vigilantes. The two university students had their rooms forcibly raided by vigilantes last week in Aceh, the only region of the Muslim-majority country where …

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Indonesian Trans Women ‘Are Being Rounded Up And Detained In Rehab Centres’

Indonesian officials are rounding up transgender women and detaining them in rehabilitation centres, according to a report. The Jakarta Post reported that the city’s social agency has classified trans women – known as “waria” in Indonesia – as people with “social dysfunctional traits”. The agency’s head of rehabilitation affairs, Chaidir, told the publication that the …

Indonesia Declares Homosexuality A ‘Mental Disorder’

Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has moved to declare homosexuality a “mental disorder,” as lawmakers debate a popular bill that would criminalize homosexuality in the country. The Ministry announced it would add homosexuality to a list of mental disorders in a new medical guide it planned to publish, according to local media reports. The guide is …

Indonesia Bans Gay Dating App As Caution Urged For Australian Tourists

Google has reportedly removed a dating app for gay and bisexual men from the Indonesian version of its online store, as the country’s crackdown on its LGBTI community continues. This month, Indonesian officials pressured the tech giant to pull 73 LGBTI-related applications from the Google Play store. Communications ministry spokesperson Noor Iza confirmed to Agence …

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Greens condemn ‘appalling’ LGBTI abuse in Indonesia

Greens senator Janet Rice has written to the Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, calling for action against Indonesia for the discrimination of its LGBTI community. Last weekend, police in the Indonesian province of Aceh conducted raids on beauty salons and detained a number of transgender women, forcibly cutting their hair and making them wear male …

Indonesian Police Force Transgender Women To Act Like ‘Real Men’

Indonesian police have raided beauty salons in Aceh province and shamed a group of transgender hairdressers. The women had their heads shaved and were forced to wear men’s clothes in what police say was part of their “coaching” to behave like “real men”. Local Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata told the BBC: “We are holding …

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Indonesian Court Narrowly Rejects Push To Criminalise Gay Sex

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court has narrowly rejected a push by an Islamic activist group to ban gay and extramarital sex in the country.

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UN Condemns Recent Spate Of Anti-Gay Mass Arrests

UN officials have condemned the recent mass arrests of LGBTI people in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia, saying that the countries’ authorities violated international law by detaining, mistreating and torturing them. About 80 people in Azerbaijan, 50 in Egypt and 50 in Indonesia countries were arrested, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert …

Indonesian Police Arrest 58 At ‘Gay Spa’

Indonesian police have detained 58 men, including several foreigners, in a raid on a venue they claim is a “gay spa”. Police raided a building in capital city Jakarta on Friday that houses a sauna and a gym after they received information from the public that it was being used for prostitution. A Jakarta Police …

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