We Need Your Help!
Increasingly homophobic and transphobic rhetoric by political and religious leaders in Indonesia has caused growing hostility towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Indonesians.
Arus Pelangi, a national federation supporting LGBTI human rights in Indonesia, has responded quickly by establishing a temporary safe house in Jakarta for human rights defenders under threat and other emergency support services for LGBTI Indonesians in need. But they need your help to continue these efforts to provide additional emergency assistance in the months ahead.
Indonesian government leaders in areas from education to psychiatry have made increasingly outrageous and anti-LGBTI pronouncements, from saying that LGBTI people should not be welcome on university campuses to calling for homosexuality to be classified as a treatable mental condition. At the same time, local police are increasingly targeting legal gatherings and established organizations which have long offered services to LGBTI people.
Nowhere is this growing repression more evident than in Aceh Province, which is governed by strict Sharia (Islamic law) and is the only province to criminalize homosexual sex. The transgender (“waria”) community has also been facing increased pushback. There, local governments have formed ‘commissions’ to study ways to further criminalize LGBTI people or force them into conversion therapy. One city issued a decree forbidding employers from employing LGBTI people – all moves that are driving growing numbers of LGBTI Indonesians to flee home out of fear for their own safety.
Arus Pelangi knew that the most vulnerable LGBTI Indonesians – human rights defenders working on the front lines – would need a safe and welcoming place to go in this increasingly hostile environment and acted quickly to open a safe house in the capital, along with relocation assistance and other emergency support services. But funds run out at the end of May, and without help Arus Pelangi will have to turn its back on the most vulnerable LGBTI Indonesians in their moment of need.
HELP CREATE A SAFE AND WELCOMING SPACE FOR LGBTI INDONESIANS
As the anti-LGBTI backlash continues, help Arus Pelangi provide emergency services to vulnerable LGBTI Indonesians in the months ahead. Join the global community to help raise the funds necessary to operate the Jakarta safe house, a nationwide hotline, relocation assistance and other emergency support services for LGBTI Indonesians through the end of the year. Funds raised will also support Arus Pelangi’s broader work to ensure the well being of LGBTI Indonesians, including our “You Are Not Alone” awareness campaign and other critical advocacy work.