Growing anti-gay sentiment in Indonesia

There is growing anti-gay sentiment in Indonesia, a country that, in general, has been tolerant of the LGBT community. There have been critical statements from senior members of Indonesia's government, the Indonesian psychiatric society (which has stated that there is a need “to promote, prevent, cure and rehabilitate LGBT people”) and other radical anti-gay critics.

Advice For Travellers

Gay rights activist group, Our Voice, says the community is on high alert. Nevertheless, members of the LGBT community are able to live comfortably and without prejudice, particularly in the capital Jakarta, as long as they do not draw attention to their sexuality. LGBT travellers should consider maintaining a low profile at this time.

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