Sexualities in Indonesia

Sharyn Davies, Irwan Hidayana

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Indonesia has experienced enormous change in its relationship to sexuality in the last decade. In 2008, the Anti-Pornography Law passed. In 2016, the ‘LGBT crisis’ saw homophobic and transphobic statements issued from high social and political levels. In 2017, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court narrowly rejected a petition to criminalise all sex outside marriage with a five to four vote. The ratification of an anti-sexual violence law languishes. At the time of publication (January 2020) , concerted moves are again afoot to criminalise sex outside of marriage, with a vote having being postponed. In 2019, Jakarta also got its first syariah-accredited hospital where sexual health is unlikely to be prioritised. In addition, some government institutions refuse to recruit people as civil servants on the basis of them being considered ‘perverts’ in sexual orientation and behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalInside Indonesia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • sexuality
  • Indonesia

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