Under the current draft of Indonesia’s proposed Family Resilience Law family members would be required to report homosexuality for ‘rehabilitation’. In Australia, the Victorian Government has taken significant steps to eradicate these kinds of problematic measures:
- An extensive investigation was undertaken by the Health Complaints Commissioner (HCC), who found that those subjected to conversion therapy experienced long-term psychological harm which in many cases persisted many years after the therapy ceased.
- In 2016, Premier Daniel Andrews extended a formal apology to the LGBTIQ community for the criminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria in the past.
- In 2019 the State of Victoria moved to outlaw gay conversion therapy and released this statement in February 2019
As neighbours to Indonesia this proposed law serves as a pointed reminder of how important it is to support our LGBTIQ family, friends, peers and community members here in Australia and further abroad. We are sending our support to the LGBTQI community in Indonesia.
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