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LGBT Rights in Indonesia

The LGBT community in Indonesia is facing many social and political challenges. Politicians have used anti-LGBT rhetoric and government organizations have even placed bans on several LGBT media sources. Governmental officials and Islamic organizations, as well as local oppositions, discriminate against homosexuals and transexuals and diminish their rights at an increasing rate. Several movements and activists continue to fight against homophobia and transphobia year after year, slowly making progress towards equality and tolerance for all sexual orientations and genders.

Links to additional relevant NGOs

Sources to Consult

Agastia, Dharma. “A Case against Indonesian Military’s ‘Proxy War’ Obsession”. Dawn, 28 Dec. 2016,

“It’s OK to be Gay in Indonesia so Long as You Keep it Quiet”. DW, 3 Feb. 2011,

Khanis, Suvianita. “Human Rights and the LGBTI Movement in Indonesia.” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 2013., pp. 127-138,147-148 GenderWatch,

“Rr. Sri Agustine”. Women Unlimited,

– Sri Agustine’s profile, one of the leading advocates for LGBT rights in Indonesia.

“‘These Political Games Ruin our Lives’: Indonesia’s LGBT Community Under Threat”. Human Rights Watch, 10 Aug 2016,

United States Agency for Internal Development and United Nations Development Programme. “Being LGBT in Asia: Indonesia Country Report”. UNDP, USAID, 2014,

“US Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage: Relevant to Indonesia?” Global Indonesian Voices, 29 June 2015,

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