Arus Pelangi (“Rainbow Flow”) was formed in January 2006 in response to a desperate need in Indonesia for formal legal representation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) Communities. This push for representation came from both individuals and LGBT organizations who called out for an organization that could represent and promote LGBT rights which have always been unrecognized.
The vision of the founding fathers of the Republic of Indonesia has always been a pluralist, multi-cultural society where even sexual minorities should have their rightful place.
Vision and Mission
Arus Pelangi strives to affect the societal norms and perceptions towards the LGBT communities in such a way as to create a higher level of equality and respect for LGBT in Indonesia, and to increase an overall awareness of the rights of the LGBT communities as human beings and citizens.
Arus Pelangi is a non profit, non government, member based federation established in 2006 that upholds the principles of independent, anti discrimination, anti violence, pluralism, democracy, equality (egalitarian), non partisan (impartial), gender equality, justice, and democracy, and aims to establish social order that values equality in respect to the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Intersex (LGBTI) as human rights.
 The terms LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex) / SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression) represents people of diverse sex, gender, sexualities, identities, sexual orientation, sexual identities, gender identities, gender expression. The arrays of identities are but not limited to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex.
Arus Pelangi aims to be a federation that unite LGBTI rights defenders through the following missions:
Arus Pelangi’s primary focus is as follows: