Radhiyya Indra, Manila – The controversy surrounding British band The 1975 has prompted criticism and concern in both Malaysia and Indonesia regarding the front man's stunt, claiming th
LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
July 28, 2023
July 23, 2023
Jakarta – A day after causing LGBTQ controversy in Kuala Lumpur, British band The 1975 announced on Sunday that they canceled shows in Jakarta and Taiwan, where the band was scheduled t
July 12, 2023
Jakarta – An ASEAN Queer Advocacy Week (AAW) meeting of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists organised by the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus that was to be held in Jakarta has be
Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – Jakarta Acting Governor Heru Budi Hartono confirmed that the provincial government did not issue any permits for the gathering of the ASEAN lesbian, gay, bise
Jakarta – Rights groups have cancelled a Southeast Asian LGBT event in Indonesia after receiving security threats, the organisers said, the latest sign of increasing pressure on the com
A meeting of Southeast Asian LGBT communities that was supposed to take place in Jakarta from July 17 to 21 has reportedly been canceled by the organizers amid pushback from the public
July 11, 2023
Wildan Noviansah, Jakarta – Information about a meeting of all-ASEAN Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists in Jakarta this month has caused a commotion.
May 23, 2023
Does the LGBT community now have an ally in Mahfud MD, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs?
May 22, 2023
Yohanes Liestyo Poerwoto – Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) Deputy Chairperson Anwar Abbas has condemned a statement by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahf
Mirza Bagaskara, Jakarta – The Politics, and Human Rights Coordinating Minister Mahfud MD on Sunday elaborated that LGBT is not contained in Indonesia's new criminal code (KUHP) as issu
May 20, 2023
Rina Ayu, Jakarta – Opposition to Coldplay holding a concert in Indonesia has again been raised by Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) Chairperson for Islamic cultural arts and civilisation,
May 17, 2023
Trisha Husada & Silvano Hajid Maulana – The future of Indonesia's only Islamic community centre for transgender women is in jeopardy after its leader, Shinta Ratri, died in February
May 12, 2023
Jakarta – Indonesia Ulama Council (MUI) Deputy Chairperson Anwar Abbas is asking that a fan meeting with gay Thai actors and musicians Billkin and PP Krit that is planned to be held in
Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) says that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will be one of the groups that will be most vulnerable
March 6, 2023
Indonesia will be holding its next nationwide general elections in 2024.
February 25, 2023
Seth Mydans – Shinta Ratri, the leader of an Islamic boarding school that offers a haven for transgender women in Indonesia, died on Feb.
February 14, 2023
Amar Alfikar – "Trans women have the right to worship.
February 8, 2023
Made Supriatma – Joko Widodo's son-in-law, Medan mayor Bobby Nasution, kicked off 2023 with a controversial remark which might prove to be more bane than boon for the aspiring rookie po
February 2, 2023
Zara Powell, Jakarta – Influential waria (transgender) figure and founder of the Al-Fatah Waria pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Yogyakarta, Shinta Ratri died on Wednesday.
February 1, 2023
Shinta Ratri will forever be missed as somebody who fought for religious inclusivity on behalf of those who may have felt deserted and alone.
January 30, 2023
Hakim Ghani, Garut – A coalition of civil society organisations is protesting a number of proposed Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) draft regional regulations (Raperda
January 27, 2023
January 26, 2023
Sudirman Wamad, Bandung – The sudden emergence of a discourse on drafting an anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) regional regulation (Perda) in the West Java (Jabar) prov
January 24, 2023
Bandung – The Bandung municipal government (Pemkot) in West Java has declared its support for the drafting of a prohibition in the form of a regional regulation (Perda) against Lesbian,
January 11, 2023
Stanley Widianto, Jakarta, Indonesia – Transgender Indonesian woman Chika Ananda Putrie wakes every morning in her decrepit rented room in a Jakarta slum, worried for her safety because
January 5, 2023
Nugroho Nafika Kassa, Makassar – This year the government of the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar will begin deliberating a draft bylaw (Ranperda) on deviant sexual behavio
January 3, 2023
The city of Medan no longer welcomes sexual minorities (this country's constitution notwithstanding) according to its mayor Bobby Nasution, who declared the North Sumatra capital "anti-
January 1, 2023
Medan (Detik Sumut) – Bobby Nasution, the mayor of the North Sumatra city of Medan, has stressed that they reject Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) behaviour.
December 27, 2022
Molly Sprayregen – Two Indonesian soldiers were kicked out of the army and have been sentenced to seven months in jail for having gay sex.
December 21, 2022
After dawn in a small eastern Indonesia town, a young man holds an ornate umbrella over non-binary priest Puang Matowa Nani, as they walk barefoot to a nearby pond to perform the annual
December 8, 2022
Jakarta – Indonesia's legislation banning sex outside marriage represents a major new threat to the LGBTQ community's rights in the conservative country, where same-sex unions are not r
December 7, 2022
Douglas Magaletti – On Tuesday, in a unanimous vote, the Indonesian Parliament made sex outside of marriage illegal.
December 5, 2022
Indonesian Church activists lamented the cancellation of the visit of the US special envoy to advance the rights of LGBTQI+ persons following opposition from hardline Muslim groups.
December 3, 2022
Daniel Ahmad, Jakarta – United States Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Persons Jessica Stern has cancelled
December 2, 2022
Jakarta – The chairperson of Nahdlatul Ulama's Central Board (PBNU), Ahmad Fahrurrozi, says he does not have a problem with a planned visit by the US Special Envoy to Advance the Human
Diego Garcia Rodriguez – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual (LGBT+) individuals in Indonesia have been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic by multi-layered discrimin
Major Islamic organizations are voicing their outrage over plans by the US to send a special envoy for the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights in Indonesia.
Jakarta, Indonesia – The United States has canceled a trip to Indonesia by a special envoy on LGBTQ rights after the country's most influential Islamic group objected to the visit.
November 30, 2022
Jakarta – Two Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers have been given a seven-month jail term for having gay sex, which is banned by the nation's military as "inappropriate behaviour".
September 29, 2022
Li-Li Chen – On 19 April, Timor-Leste held the second round of voting in its 2022 presidential election.
September 26, 2022
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The democratic festivity is a bleak period for trans women in Aceh.
Koran Tempo – Tens of thousands of transgender people are threatened with losing their right to vote in the 2024 General Elections due to a lack of citizen documents.
September 13, 2022
Irfan Kamil, Jakarta – The II-08 Jakarta Military Tribunal has handed down prison sentences and dismissed three more rogue TNI (Indonesian military) personnel who were proven to have in
September 12, 2022
Jakarta – The Jakarta II-08 Military Tribunal has handed down prison sentences and dismissed two TNI (Indonesian military) sergeants in separate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (
The Indonesian Military (TNI) has dishonorably discharged and jailed two sergeants over gay sex, which, as we've well established by now, goes against the military's morality and crimin
September 3, 2022
Jakarta – When one of our citizens dies an unnatural death in a foreign country, the government has a duty to find out why it happened and see to it that justice is upheld.
September 2, 2022
Lima, Peru – Peruvian prosecutors have opened an investigation for alleged torture over the death in Bali last month of a trans Peruvian man who died while in custody in the tourist isl
August 27, 2022
Jakarta – Nonbinary people have been making waves on social media this past week, thanks to the courage of a student at Hasanuddin University in Makassar, South Sulawesi, who openly dec
August 26, 2022
Denpasar, Bali – The National Police on Thursday denied accusations of violence from the family of a Harvard University transgender activist who died after being arrested on his honeymo
Marcelo Rochabrun, Lima – LGBT activists in Peru held a protest on Friday questioning how their government handled the death of a Peruvian transgender man in Indonesia earlier this mont