Conversion therapy survivors sent horrifying messages offering to ‘help make them normal’

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2/21/21

LGBT+ activists in Indonesia have reportedly been harassed by an Instagram account offering conversion therapy for “individuals who are confused about their sexual identity”. The account, which which was set to private and since appears to have been deleted, was sending DMs to activists containing a link to a conversion therapy website. The message read: “It’s not too late to return to God. God has not left you. “Indonesia is a Muslim country, and we reject all sings. Let us help you drive Satan out from inside of you and you can become normal again.” Several of the targeted activists are conversion therapy survivors, Asia One reports. Some endured the practise in the form of ‘ruqya’, a type of exorcism. An LGBT+ rights organisation called Pelangi Nusantara has started a petition to have the website shut down. In a statement to The Jakarta Post, the organisation said: “With enough support, we want the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to ban all forms of conversion therapy in Indonesia.”

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