May 22, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

LGBT

‘We take care of our own’

COVID-19 has amplified existing societal fissures and exposed the alarming fragility of the lives of Indonesian transwomen who work as drag performers

Meet, pray, love

Religious belief and sexual identity collide often for an atheist meeting up with gay Muslims

Sexualities in Indonesia

Despite increasingly worrying levels of harassment and surveillance, sexual diversity and sexual empowerment are finding spaces in Indonesia

Online hate speech

News media has helped drive a dramatic rise in online anti-LGBT hate speech

Combatting HIV online

HIV prevention tactics remain inappropriate for many young men who have sex with men

Memerangi HIV dengan menggunakan internet

Taktik pencegahan HIV masih tetap tidak memadai untuk LSL muda 

Pemberi harapan 

Petugas penjangkauan  memberikan harapan bagi lelaki yang berhubungan seks dengan lelaki (LSL) dalam penanganan dan pencegahan HIV 

Allies in Java

LGBT activists are working with religious allies and others to promote faith-based tolerance

Mobilisasi rasa takut

Ujaran kebencian yang terus-menerus terhadap minoritas gender dan seksual telah memberikan dampak yang merugikan

Meng-queer-kan Kesalehan

Kesalehan moral tidak dipahami secara tunggal di kalangan Muslim queer

Mobilising fear

Unchecked hate speech against Indonesia’s LGBT community is having a devastating effect

Breaking free in gay Paris

Some gay Indonesians move overseas to lead a more simple and openly gay life

Reformasi’s broken promises

Sexual minorities increasingly feel left out of Indonesia’s democratisation processes

AIDS as an ‘entry point’ for LGBT rights discourse

Concern for pregnant women has increased HIV/AIDS awareness, but to the detriment of some other groups and causes

Bandung, city of human rights?

Despite stated goodwill by authorities, intolerance towards minority groups is growing in Bandung

Reclaiming Indonesian citizenship

A ‘waria’ version of the traditional flag ceremony celebrates both nationhood and diversity

Online dating apps blocked

A government crackdown on dating apps is depriving LGBT Indonesians of a crucial resource

Falling through the cracks

The JKN or the National Health Insurance is failing Indonesia’s most vulnerable

Review: Queer Indonesians’ constant search for home and belonging 

Indonesian literature is increasingly open to LGBT stories but the struggle to be heard remains

A dispensable threat

LGBT rights and recognition have been under attack in the Indonesian media, for various reasons

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