Indonesia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has been subjected to prejudice, hatred and physical attacks. Adding insult to injury, public officials and religious leaders have further exacerbated the situation with their politically charged anti-LGBT rhetoric. The latest challenge is the insistence by lawmakers on criminalizing same-sex relations. The Jakarta Post’s writer Safrin La Batu reports on how the marginalized group is putting up a fight for its rights.

by Safrin La Batu

Zulfikar Fahd has traveled the world before but he felt going through the immigration process was never as heart-racing as he did at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in Canada in late January. That day, the 30-year-old had journeyed to a foreign land about 12,900 kilometers away from home with the intention of claiming asylum and would probably spend the rest of his life there. The...