And alas University in Western Sumatra has begun requiring prospective students to declare on a form that they are not lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender before applying and enrolling at the institution. Although the form was removed from the website the discrimination was not removed from the policies of the university. "If a student doesn't want to sign the form, there's no need to register," a University official, told local site Padangkita.com. Indonesia's Minister of Higher Education, Muhammad Nasir has used social media to proclaim that he sees no place for LGBTQ+ groups on campuses.
The nation once prided itself on being a moderate and tolerant polity but has recently taken a turn towards extremism. The laws used by the police int he world's 4th most populous country are very broad and based on pornography, not specifically LGBTQ identity. In a raid recently over 150 men were arrested and their identities shared publicly. This public shaming seems similar to that used in Chechnya where family members are encouraged to attack and kill their LGBTQ+ relatives.
Without the United States taking the lead in pro LGBTQ foreign policy times are very difficult for persecuted LGBTQ populations and the future may get worse before it gets better. As always, we encourage our readers to stay safe, be smart and reach out if we can help or just listen