Last year’s moral panic over LGBT rights in Indonesia eventually died down, but institutionalized discrimination against the minority group continues to be perpetuated and defended by senior government officials. The governor of West Sumatra, Irwan Prayitno took to Twitter to defend a controversial policy by Padang’s Universitas Andala (Unand) to officially discriminate against LGBT individuals by forcing all applicants to sign a form saying they are not a part of the minority group. Unand’s chancellor Tafdil Husni said the state university reserves the right to refuse education to LGBT individuals because of religious teachings. He also said that the influence of LGBT individuals could have a negative effect on campus life and that they could be banned on similar grounds as banning public smoking in Singapore.
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