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INDONESIA

Male to Male relationships: Legal only in some areas
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to Female Relationships: Legal only in some areas
Age of consent: Different for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Yes, but only with sex reassignment surgery

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Are you LGBTI in the military of INDONESIA?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No, I was discharged because of my sexual orientation

Yes (0 %) Yes, but not out (33%) No, I was discharged because of my sexual orientation (66%)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in INDONESIA...
(user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 04/01/2010 +20
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Attitude towards LGBT is highly divided, but mostly not hostile. In the world's most populous Muslim nation, LGBT people mostly received their harassment from the government, police officers, and a small number of religious extremists. But in majority, they don't have any opinion about it. Because sex, including sexuality, is a taboo subject to discuss.

However, propaganda about the stereotype of LGBT are also broadly broadcasted by mainstream media. Not that they are homophobic media. Because in my opinion, they are just trying to sell stories by packaging all kinds of criminal activities done by LGBT to be, a 'gay' attitude.

Not everybody believed in the propaganda. And those who believed in it, believed in the basis that they doesn't know anything about LGBT. Their only source of information of LGBT are only through movies and news, which all shows a strong stereotype so that it would sell.

All my friends surprised when I told them I was gay. They thought gay people are the same as transexual, that they are camp, loves fashion, and incredibly feminine. I wasn't any of those stereotypes. I was a normal person, just the same among them. And they always understand after I explained further. I never lost any friend from being gay. Some may be awkward, but I never get any discrimination.

Discrimination by the basis of sexual orientation are mostly made by government officials and private person WITHOUT any kinds formal basis. Just some governor or mayor who made orders, or a boss of an office who is homophobic. By default, Indonesian laws are not homophobic. We don't have sodomy laws, and we don't have homosexuals law. All kinds of discrimination are strongly discouraged here. In some cases, that includes sexual orientation (Although it wasn't formally written).

Except for marriages. Since Indonesian laws have two kinds of different law: Civil and Religious. And they both being used at the same time. And since religion says that two men and women can't get married, that means Indonesian LGBT can't get married as well. However, unlike many western states, the usage of marriage in Indonesia is mostly of religious use, instead of civil one. And since LGBT people are mostly not religious here, gay marriage is not something to be strife to achieved.

Adoption laws doesn't say anything about homosexuals. They talk about marriages and individuals. Sexual orientation is never mentioned in it.

According to my opinion, LGBT people itself, are the one that making things bad. They believed that they ARE what they are being stereotyped about. They are known to be shallow, apathetic, pessimistic, cheater, and even think that they are sinners. Because they grew up without discussing such topics, and the only informations about LGBT they received is that that they are a terrible person. And therefore, they became those kinds of people. Only a handful of people who are objective and aren't playing the stereotype role.

There are even LGBT people who thinks that they are the same as incest and pedophiles!

There are only a few of LGBT online forum in Indonesia, and most is filled with pictures of naked men, genitals, stories about raping, and even adults who seek for teenagers.

The higher income people are much more accepting of LGBT. They understand about it, even the most religious ones. The lower income people, mostly doesn't have knowledge about it. Some areas have reported that they have lesbians or gay people in their neighborhood. And they claim that those people are unharmed. In here, people believed that as long as you serve the community correctly without hurting other people, they will always be accepted.

the middle income population, however, are the most vocal about this issue. As my friend say, they think they are of higher status that those who are poor, but in fact, they are much dumber than either the rich and the poor combined.
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(user currently living in INDONESIA) posted for gay readers on 04/01/2010 +20
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Attitude towards LGBT is highly divided, but mostly not hostile. In the world's most populous Muslim nation, LGBT people mostly received their harassment from the government, police officers, and a small number of religious extremists. But in majority, they don't have any opinion about it. Because sex, including sexuality, is a taboo subject to discuss.

However, propaganda about the stereotype of LGBT are also broadly broadcasted by mainstream media. Not that they are homophobic media. Because in my opinion, they are just trying to sell stories by packaging all kinds of criminal activities done by LGBT to be, a 'gay' attitude.

Not everybody believed in the propaganda. And those who believed in it, believed in the basis that they doesn't know anything about LGBT. Their only source of information of LGBT are only through movies and news, which all shows a strong stereotype so that it would sell.

All my friends surprised when I told them I was gay. They thought gay people are the same as transexual, that they are camp, loves fashion, and incredibly feminine. I wasn't any of those stereotypes. I was a normal person, just the same among them. And they always understand after I explained further. I never lost any friend from being gay. Some may be awkward, but I never get any discrimination.

Discrimination by the basis of sexual orientation are mostly made by government officials and private person WITHOUT any kinds formal basis. Just some governor or mayor who made orders, or a boss of an office who is homophobic. By default, Indonesian laws are not homophobic. We don't have sodomy laws, and we don't have homosexuals law. All kinds of discrimination are strongly discouraged here. In some cases, that includes sexual orientation (Although it wasn't formally written).

Except for marriages. Since Indonesian laws have two kinds of different law: Civil and Religious. And they both being used at the same time. And since religion says that two men and women can't get married, that means Indonesian LGBT can't get married as well. However, unlike many western states, the usage of marriage in Indonesia is mostly of religious use, instead of civil one. And since LGBT people are mostly not religious here, gay marriage is not something to be strife to achieved.

Adoption laws doesn't say anything about homosexuals. They talk about marriages and individuals. Sexual orientation is never mentioned in it.

According to my opinion, LGBT people itself, are the one that making things bad. They believed that they ARE what they are being stereotyped about. They are known to be shallow, apathetic, pessimistic, cheater, and even think that they are sinners. Because they grew up without discussing such topics, and the only informations about LGBT they received is that that they are a terrible person. And therefore, they became those kinds of people. Only a handful of people who are objective and aren't playing the stereotype role.

There are even LGBT people who thinks that they are the same as incest and pedophiles!

There are only a few of LGBT online forum in Indonesia, and most is filled with pictures of naked men, genitals, stories about raping, and even adults who seek for teenagers.

The higher income people are much more accepting of LGBT. They understand about it, even the most religious ones. The lower income people, mostly doesn't have knowledge about it. Some areas have reported that they have lesbians or gay people in their neighborhood. And they claim that those people are unharmed. In here, people believed that as long as you serve the community correctly without hurting other people, they will always be accepted.

the middle income population, however, are the most vocal about this issue. As my friend say, they think they are of higher status that those who are poor, but in fact, they are much dumber than either the rich and the poor combined.
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