The report was launched on June 17 and while presenting it, prominent gay rights activist Dede Oetomo, said. “For some of us, family is hell,” citing the story of “a father who tells your uncle to rape you because you’re a lesbian.”
The report documents several such stories like that of a 23-year-old gay student at an Islamic teachers college who was humiliated in front of his class for being effeminate. “If he’s still feminine, let’s beat him up until he becomes sane,” his lecturer told the class.
A 32-year-old lesbian activist from Bandar Lampung, who after being outed in the media, was dragged to a Muslim cleric and a shaman to be “cured of the deviant disease.”
The report was a product of a dialogue held in June 2013 in Bali, part of a regional initiative entitled “Being LGBT in Asia” that covers Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Nepal and Mongolia.