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Jakarta Post

Survey finds LGBT most-disliked

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 2 2016   /  09:44 am

While the country still struggles to overcome religious intolerance, a survey has captured a new wave of phobia toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Conducted jointly by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) and the Wahid Foundation, the study found that the minority is the most disliked by Muslims, who constitute 90 percent of the population.

The survey showed that 26.1 percent of the total 1,520 all-Muslim respondents, did not like LGBT people.

This finding came on the heels of a nationwide movement of anti-gay sentiment, led by the government, with one senior official after another going on public record to express distaste and loathing of gay people.

LGBT people were even less popular than communists, for which the nation long harbored a deep fear against from the decades of propaganda disseminated by former president Soeharto.