Indonesia, Asia

The Republic of Indonesia is comprised of 17,508 islands. It is the world's largest archipelago state. With an estimated population of around 237 million people it is the world's fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority nation; however, no reference is made to Islam in the Indonesian constitution. Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president. Most Indonesian Hindus are Balinese, and most Buddhists in modern-day Indonesia are ethnic Chinese. Bali has a population of about 3,151,000 and is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. Tourism is the largest single industry and as a result Bali is one of Indonesia’s wealthiest regions.

Unlike other Muslim countries, Indonesia is relatively tolerant of homosexuality. As in many countries in South East Asia, it is a part of everyday life. Even in the media several gay or transsexual prominent people exist. Nevertheless this subject is low key and not openly talked about. Fanatical Muslim groups have been known to attack gay men. Homosexuality is a not a crime when it occurs in private and between consenting adults. Also see: Islam and Homosexuality

 

 

Sex workers educated through training

Everybody dreams of having a secure and respectable job. Especially for women who need to support their families, but the hardships they face may drive them into prostitution. Being a prostitute, however, does not mean they have no right to proper healthcare and welfare. With this in mind, Kusiyah, a peer educator with Kenanga Indah… Read more »

Indonesia bans international gay advocacy website

Several Internet service providers and mobile phone operators in Indonesia have banned the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) website for containing “pornography.” Are any LGBT websites banned in your country? Anyone trying to access the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) website in Indonesia is likely to encounter the following… Read more »

Anwar under fire for suggesting review of gay laws

Kuala Lumpur – Days after being acquitted of a sodomy charge, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim continued to come under fire from his detractors, this time for appearing to support gay rights. Pro-government newspapers slammed Mr Anwar on Sunday for suggesting that Malaysia’s strict laws on sodomy and oral sex be reviewed, saying this could lead… Read more »

Can you be gay and Muslim?

Insisting that same-sex relations are actually compatible with religious beliefs would almost certainly challenge mainstream perspectives. Within the context of Indonesia, as the country with the largest Islamic population, you cannot be a gay or lesbian, for example, and a good Muslim at the same time because most Islamic teaching bans same-sex practices. I do… Read more »

Gay Indonesia News & Reports 2011

Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality Other articles of interest Queer Muslim magazine Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims Gay Bali Rainbow Travel Agency 1 Transgendered group wants no violence 2/11 2 Jakarta’s Working Ladyboys 3/11 3 Anti-Gay Stigma Hampering HIV Treatment 3/11 4… Read more »

Gay and transgender struggle for acceptance in Indonesia

The BBC highlights the challenges faced by gays, bisexuals and transgenders in Indonesia as a growing number of radical Muslim groups are actively campaigning against them. The BBC reported on June 19, 2010: In the corner, instead of a urinal, there is a female toilet, hidden by a modest wall designed to discourage peeping toms.… Read more »

Gay Indonesia News & Reports 2010

Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazines: Huriyah, Barra Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims Gay Bali Rainbow Travel Agency 1 Transsexuals Take to the Stage in Aceh in Rare Beauty Contest 2/10 2 Indonesian police ban regional gay conference 3/10… Read more »

Being gay is a state of limbo

In 2002 the Indonesian Government granted legal autonomy to Aceh, allowing the province to institute Islamic Sharia law, a framework that explicitly punishes homosexual acts. It was subsequently reported that 52 regions across the islands of Sumatra and Java adopted laws prohibiting homosexuality, including the city of Palembang in South Sumatra where punishment includes jail… Read more »

Gay Indonesia News & Reports 2009

Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazines: Huriyah, Barra Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims Gay Bali Rainbow Travel Agency 1 In pictures: Indonesia’s waria 1/09 2 Fear of Discrimination Preventing High-Risk Groups Testing for HIV 3/09 3 Hartoyo : Coming… Read more »

Gay Indonesia News & Reports 2004-08

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimgaymen     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lgbtmuslim http://groups.yahoo.com/group/queerjihad          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bimuslims http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transmuslims       http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lesbianmuslims Gay Bali Rainbow Travel Agency 1 Indonesian movie breaks sexual taboos 1/04 2 Gay Screen Kiss… Read more »