Indonesian city to fine LGBT residents for disturbing ‘public order’

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11/29/2018

An Indonesian city plans to fine its gay and transgender residents 1m rupiah ($70) for disturbing “public order”, reflecting a rise in discrimination against the Muslim-majority nation’s small LGBT community.  This week, the city of Pariaman on Sumatra island passed a sweeping regulation banning “acts that are considered LGBT”. The regulation forbids “immoral acts” between same-sex couples and prohibits residents from “acting as a transvestite”, but it offers few concrete examples of banned behavior. “Same-sex LGBT and transgender people will be subject to sanctions and fines if they disturb the public order,” said Fitri Nora, head of the local legislature.

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