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Jakarta Post

State-sponsored bigotry

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  01:19 am

When we hear of state persecution of minority communities in faraway lands, we feel empathy. They are unfortunate, we believe, to live in lands with much less freedom than our own. But for those in Indonesia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, formal discrimination is a step away from daily experience.On Tuesday, we reported that those labeled “deviant” would be marginalized in the upcoming civil servant recruitment process. The Trade Ministry has stated that it will not consider applicants that exhibit “deviations” in sexual orientation or behavior, while the Attorney General’s Office states on its website that applicants “must not be mentally disabled, including sexual orientation deviations and behavioral deviations”. Given prior indications this is not surprising, though it is distressing nonetheless. It is further confirmation that President Jo...