5 Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Sept 22-24)

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LGBT+

Attorney General’s Office removes discriminatory anti-LGBT clause from government job posting after protest

Attorney General’s Office removes discriminatory anti-LGBT clause from government job posting after protest

A step in the right direction.

5 Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Sept 15-17)

5 Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Sept 15-17)

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Woman posing as man for marriage faces up to 6 years in prison after being charged with ‘document falsification’

Woman posing as man for marriage faces up to 6 years in prison after being charged with ‘document falsification’

The story of Nova Aprida Avriani, who posed as a man named Pratama in order to marry a woman named Wilis Setyowati in Purworejo, Central Java, made numerous headlines in Indonesia...

Indonesian police steamrolled privacy rights to appease bigotry in forced eviction of ‘suspected lesbians’: Human Rights Watch

Indonesian police steamrolled privacy rights to appease bigotry in forced eviction of ‘suspected lesbians’: Human Rights Watch

On Saturday, police in Bogor’s Tugujaya Village raided the rented home of 12 women after several people in their neighborhood had reported their suspicions that the women were...

Officials in C. Java prevent same-sex marriage after finding out the ‘groom’ was a woman

Officials in C. Java prevent same-sex marriage after finding out the ‘groom’ was a woman

Same-sex marriage is illegal in Indonesia, but some people still go to enormous lengths and take on tremendous risk to break down the social and cultural constructs of gender to...

Police in Bogor raid home of 12 women suspected of being lesbians, intimidate them into leaving village

Police in Bogor raid home of 12 women suspected of being lesbians, intimidate them into leaving village

The women were not arrested (because they didn't break any laws, because homosexuality is not a crime in Indonesia) but police "appealed" to them to leave the village.

5 Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Aug 25-27)

5 Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Aug 25-27)

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SMASH boy band member Dicky Prasetya target of alleged homophobic slur, assault at Jakarta night club

SMASH boy band member Dicky Prasetya target of alleged homophobic slur, assault at Jakarta night club

Dicky Muhammad Prasetya, a member of popular Indonesian boy band SMASH, was allegedly a victim of assault and homophobia as he was leaving Blowfish nightclub in South Jakarta on...

9 men, suspected of being gay, arrested by police while skinny dipping in hot spring, released after no evidence of crime found

9 men, suspected of being gay, arrested by police while skinny dipping in hot spring, released after no evidence of crime found

Being gay isn't a crime in Indonesia, but suspicion of being is enough to trigger a police raid...


 

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.