Indonesia is about to outlaw homosexual sex. Can we stop it? | Stanley Widianto

The criminalisation of LGBT communities takes on a more potent tenor in a vote before parliament on Wednesday History seems to be repeating itself in Indonesia. Same beats, same choruses, same incendiary statements, same rebuttals. The Indonesian government is about to deliver a fresh blow to its LGBTI communities. Yesterday’s “ a threat worse than a nuclear bomb ” is today’s “sacrilege” or “disease.” Following the raids at gay bars and saunas last year and the arrest and humiliation of 12 trans women in Aceh last month, Indonesia’s House of Representatives will decide on a set of revisions to the country’s criminal code on 14 February, which has not been updated since its days as a Dutch colony. With the draft containing these revisions already circulated, the criminalisation of the LGBT communities takes on a decidedly more potent tenor. Two sections, if passed, may outlaw extramarital and homosexual sex, respectively carrying the maximum prison sentence of five years and 12 years. Continue reading...
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