Campaigning; Arus Pelangi campaigns for LGBT issues, including issues affecting the basic rights and violations thereof of LGBT. Through the campaigning program, Arus Pelangi hopes to raise the awareness fo the public to the issues facing the LGBT communities and heighten the perception and general acceptance of LGBT within society. Additionally, Arus Pelangi advocates and lobbies with governmental institutions in order to increase the level of formal protection of LGBT through government policies and the law. The recently launched Yogyakarta Principles will become the pillar of our campaign themes.
Advocacy; Arus Pelangi is currently involved in two main streams of advocacy for LGBT: those related to legal representation and those related to public policy. For advocacy relating legal cases which emerge affecting the LGBT communities Arus Pelangi extends legal counseling and representation. In Indonesia where LGBT persons are largely unprotected by the law, this is strongly needed. Arus Pelangi also conducts legal campaigns for the amendment of several government and public policies which discriminate against LGBT.
Education; Arus Pelangi’s Education Program is focused on raising the public awareness of LGBT issues with the hopes of increasing the acceptance and opportunities for LGBT in the formal sector and everyday life. For the local LGBT communities Arus Pelangi provides private counseling through a hotline service, as well as group trainings such organization building and public advocacy.
Organizing; Arus Pelangi is actively organizing various LGBT groups/communities which have formed across Indonesia with the hopes of forming a federation which defends LGBT rights with strength and numbers. This is upheld by Arus Pelangi’s official legal classification, that of Association, which allows us to expand through formal and informal membership, making partnerships easily facilitated. Another aspect of organizing is building networks. One of such efforts has resulted in the formation of the Indonesian LGBTIQ Forum; a network of 30+ local and national LGBT organizations. Arus Pelangi is taking up the position of national coordinator of the Forum.