Indonesian city pushing for anti-LGBT law

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07/22/2019

An Indonesian city of nearly two million people is planning an anti-LGBT law. The city council of Depok, not far from the capital Jakarta, is following other regions legislating against LGBT people amid nationwide anti-LGBT hysteria. Homosexuality is not currently illegal in most of the country. But in some areas, it is illegal under Sharia Law. City Council member and opposition party politician Hamzah told local media all parties in the city supported the draft law. But, exact details of the law were unclear, according to Suara. Hamzah told the news site the regulations were based on philosophical and sociological concerns. He said it ran contrary to Pancasila, the foundational philosophy of the country. Hamzah also reportedly referenced data from the Depok City AIDS Commission. He claimed there was an increase in the number of gay men and the number of people living with HIV in recent years.

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