Indonesia: Jakarta Satellite City Deploying Anti-LGBT Task Force

Many people in Indonesia, especially human rights activists, are concerned about a new revised version of the country’s criminal code (RKUHP) that politicians are still debating but could potentially make homosexuality (as well as almost all forms of sex outside of marriage) illegal.

But given Indonesia’s renewed moral panic over LGBT rights that have led to overwhelmingly homophobic attitudes among the general public (with nearly 90% who knew the term LGBT calling the minority group a “threat” in a recent survey), there are others who think the national government isn’t moving fast enough against the “threat” of LGBT, leading several local governments to create anti-LGBT task forces in their own regions.

The latest city to join that trend is Depok, a satellite city just south of Jakarta that is home to some 1.87 million people. Today, Depok Deputy Mayor Muhammad Idris announced his administration was forming a special team, consisting of social service workers, police and apparently civil-society groups (ormas) to “anticipate the spread of LGBT” among young people.

“We have created an integrated team to handle LGBT, we will collaborate with police and mass organizations to coach LGBT,” Idris said today as quoted by Kompas.

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