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Indonesia Attack On LGBTQ Community

By Charlotte Robinson, February 21, 2020
OutRight Action International reports a bill has been proposed by members of the House of Representatives of Indonesia that defines homosexuality as a deviance which poses a threat to families & requires LGBTQ people to report to authorities for rehabilitation & their families to report LGBTIQ people to agencies handling “family resilience”. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International stated, “The news from Indonesia is extremely concerning. The draft bill proposes to codify in law that LGBTQ people pose a threat to their families & need to be 'rehabilitated', changed & removed - in essence requiring LGBTQ people by law to undergo so-called conversion therapy practices which are deemed by reputable psychiatric institutions, such as the World Psychiatric Association, as harmful & ineffective. This not only intensifies the mounting persecution and hate LGBTQ people already face, but also requires their families to report them, making LGBTQ people even more vulnerable & isolated. The introduction of criminalization laws where none have existed & further criminalization in countries which already criminalize same-gender relations, is a frightening reminder of a growing global backlash against gender equality & the right of LGBTQ people to be who we are & love who we choose, without fear of violence, persecution or imprisonment. This should serve as a reminder that progress cannot be taken for granted & LGBTQ movements have to fight not only for progress, but also against regression.” Headquartered in NYC OutRight is the only global LGBTQ-specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York that advocates for human rights progress for LGBTQ people.
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