I visited the beautiful country of Indonesia in early 2016 to meet with six women in Jakarta who shared their honest and open stories with me. These stories were about the difficulties that they face living as lesbians alongside their religious beliefs, family pressures and in a country that is not accepting. Recently, the Higher Education Minister said that LGBT people should be banned from university campuses. The National Broadcasting Commission banned the depiction of LGBT ‘behaviour’ on TV and radio. The Indonesia Psychiatric Association classified homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism as mental disorders. The Defence Minister called the LGBT movement a "proxy war" to brainwash Indonesians. All of this is fueling more discrimination, hate crimes and segregation in Indonesia, making it more difficult for the LGBT community to live safely and without fear.
May 2 / Lesbian on the Loose