We Need Your Help!
Increasingly homophobic and transphobic rhetoric by political and religious leaders in Indonesia has caused growing hostility towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Indonesians.
Arus Pelangi, a national federation supporting LGBTI human rights in Indonesia, has responded quickly by establishing a temporary safe house in Jakarta for human rights defenders under threat and other emergency support services for LGBTI Indonesians in need. But they need your help to continue these efforts to provide additional emergency assistance in the months ahead.
Indonesian government leaders in areas from education to psychiatry have made increasingly outrageous and anti-LGBTI pronouncements, from saying that LGBTI people should not be welcome on university campuses to calling for homosexuality to be classified as a treatable mental condition. At the same time, local police are increasingly targeting legal gatherings and established organizations which have long offered services to LGBTI people.
Nowhere is this growing repression more evident than in Aceh Province, which is governed by strict Sharia (Islamic law) and is the only province to criminalize homosexual sex. The transgender (“waria”) community has also been facing increased pushback. There, local governments have formed ‘commissions’ to study ways to further criminalize LGBTI people or force them into conversion therapy. One city issued a decree forbidding employers from employing LGBTI people - all moves that are driving growing numbers of LGBTI Indonesians to flee home out of fear for their own safety.
Arus Pelangi knew that the most vulnerable LGBTI Indonesians - human rights defenders working on the front lines - would need a safe and welcoming place to go in this increasingly hostile environment and acted quickly to open a safe house in the capital, along with relocation assistance and other emergency support services. But funds run out at the end of May, and without help Arus Pelangi will have to turn its back on the most vulnerable LGBTI Indonesians in their moment of need.
As the anti-LGBTI backlash continues, help Arus Pelangi provide emergency services to vulnerable LGBTI Indonesians in the months ahead. Join Alturi, Human Rights Watch, Outright Action International and the global community to help raise the funds necessary to operate the Jakarta safe house, a nationwide hotline, relocation assistance and other emergency support services for LGBTI Indonesians through the end of the year. Funds raised will also support Arus Pelangi’s broader work to ensure the well being of LGBTI Indonesians, including their “You Are Not Alone” awareness campaign and other critical advocacy work.
Our goal is to raise US$25,000 to provide emergency support services through the end of the year. Donations of any size will make an important difference in the lives of displaced Indonesians.
$10 show your support for Indonesian human rights defenders
$15 pays the rent for the safe house for one day
$25 provides board and support services for one human rights defender for one day
$50 pays the rent for the safe house for three days
$120 pays the rent for the safe house for one week
$700 will provide board and support services for one human rights defender for one month
Funding for Arus Pelangi’s temporary safe house runs out on May 31. Help us reach our goal so that no LGBTI Indonesians have to be turned away in their time of need.
Alturi is fiscally sponsored by Aegis Foundation, Inc. which is a registered 501(c)(3). All donations by U.S. residents are tax deductible. Funds raised will support the Arus Pelangi safe house and other emergency support services and advocacy, as well the necessary supporting cost of this campaign in outreach and public education.