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Jakarta Post

Survey on acceptance in Indonesia gives LGBT community hope

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie


Jakarta   /   Mon, June 29 2020   /  01:00 am
A passerby hugs an activist campaigning for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during Car Free Day in Jakarta on Sunday.(The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

A recent survey about homosexuality acceptance in Indonesia has given gay and human rights activists some hope for a future where the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community could live without fear of persecution. United States-based Pew Research Institute polled 38,426 respondents across 34 countries from May to October last year and found that 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, an increase from only 3 percent in 2013. Despite the low figure, prominent LGBT activist Hartoyo remains optimistic, seeing the growth from 2013 as a sign that those supporting LGBT people had not remained quiet. "Even though the number is still small, I strongly believe that they are changemakers," he told The Jakarta Post on Friday. "I am very optimistic because there are no fundamental reasons to reject the existence of ...