Gay couple gets 80 lashes for sharia-banned sex in conservative Aceh province

A gay couple was publicly whipped in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province Friday, despite an earlier pledge by officials to stop the punishment after it drew international criticism. The two men were flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd hurled abuse at ...

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Katy Perry | Flamenco Night | Red Nose Mini-Concert | Rp 99k free flow | Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (April 13-15)

Katy Perry | Flamenco Night | Red Nose Mini-Concert | Rp 99k free flow | Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (April 13-15)

What are you doing this weekend?

Indonesian talk show sanctioned for discussion of ‘transgender issues’ by broadcasting commission

Indonesian talk show sanctioned for discussion of ‘transgender issues’ by broadcasting commission

Yesterday, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) announced that it was sanctioning a TV talk show called “Brownies Tonight” for episodes aired last week that contain...

Indonesian transwoman Dinda Syarif wins best national costume at Miss International Queen

Indonesian transwoman Dinda Syarif wins best national costume at Miss International Queen

Congrats to Dinda on her big win!

Jakarta satellite city of Depok deploying anti-LGBT task force

Jakarta satellite city of Depok deploying anti-LGBT task force

"Religion has agreed that LGBT acts are forbidden, so legally we will overcome this problem so that it will not spread."

Aceh regent issues circular banning transgender women from working in salons

Aceh regent issues circular banning transgender women from working in salons

As if forcing masculinity on transgender women wasn’t humiliating enough.

Indonesia pushes for gay, pre-marital sex ban

Indonesia pushes for gay, pre-marital sex ban

Indonesia is pushing to clamp down on gay and pre-marital sex as part of a sweeping criminal law overhaul that critics blame on a wave of religious fundamentalism sweeping across...

87.6% of Indonesians see LGBT as a threat, but slim majority say they deserve right to life and protection: survey

87.6% of Indonesians see LGBT as a threat, but slim majority say they deserve right to life and protection: survey

Indonesia once again seems to be experiencing a moral panic about LGBT rights, much as it did in 2016 when national political and religious leaders engaged in disturbing displays...

Indonesia’s IT Ministry asking Google to block Blued and other LGBT networking apps

Indonesia’s IT Ministry asking Google to block Blued and other LGBT networking apps

Indonesia’s IT Ministry says it has filed a request to Google to block around 70 LGBT social networking apps from being available to download in the country through the Google...

Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister says LGBT citizens should be embraced, not shunned

Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister says LGBT citizens should be embraced, not shunned

"I think they should be embraced, they should be nurtured, not shunned or excommunicated. It is precisely our duty as religious adherents (to return them to the teachings of...


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Coconuts Jakarta LGBT+

We write about a lot of silly things here at Coconuts Jakarta, but one thing we take very seriously is the idea that everybody should be treated with the same amount of respect and humanity, no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation. Not so long ago, the LGBT+ community in Indonesia was quietly tolerated if not widely accepted, with instances of discrimination flaring up relatively rarely, But since early 2016, the Indonesian government and many Indonesians have become increasingly hostile towards LGBT+ rights and LGBT+ community as a whole. Government and religious leaders have made outlandish statements arguing that the minority group somehow poses a threat to Indonesia. Equally disturbing is the fact that government-sanctioned discrimination against these groups is on the rise, and there are efforts underway to legally limit their rights and even criminalize their very existence. We absolutely abhor this rising tide of intolerance and we are committed to staying on top of these issues so that we can keep calling out hatred and bigotry in whatever forms they take.