Do Indonesian LGBTI Have a Place at the Reformasi Table?

Free Public Lecture

Do Indonesian LGBTI Have a Place at the Reformasi Table?

Lecture Theatre 102, Level 1
Melbourne Law School


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The talk will chronicle the development of LGBTI communities and organising since Indonesia’s Reformasi of 1998. While it was not clear what Reformasi would imply for the LGBTI movement and LGBTI people and communities in general, soon existing LGBTI communities and organisations jumped on the bandwagon of human rights and democratisation and demanded our rights. Things were not easy, but for a decade or so there was a promise that paths would open for further advocacy. This vision has received attacks and challenges from many quarters since 2016: many politicians and faith leaders openly voice their LGBT-phobia and even translate it into legislation and policies at the national and local levels. What is not often noticed is the resistance to all this. While the movement has had to modify its strategies and take a longer term vision, individuals, communities and organisations have not stopped being active. One might even say the movement has gained strategic civil society allies and become consolidated.

This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society and the Indonesia Democracy Hallmark Research Initiative (IDeHaRI)


  •  Dédé  Oetomo
    Dédé Oetomo, Adjunct Lecturer