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Criminalizing Indonesia’s LGBT People Won’t Protect Them

Expand Motorcyclists ride past a banner calling for LGBT people to leave the Cigondewah Kaler area in Bandung, Indonesia, January 27, 2016. © 2016 Reuters It may seem preposterous, but some Indonesian politicians are attempting to portray the criminalization of adult consensual same-sex conduct as somehow protecting against vigilantism. Make same-sex behavior a crime, they say, and conservative elements will be placated, avoiding violent outbursts. If there is an official route to report and prosecute lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, the logic goes, members of the public…

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