Jakarta - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

The expat LGBT were happy but local LGBT might be harassed. - Sep 2020

Indonesia is a Muslim country, and homosexuality is not allowed. While there is a discrete LGBT scene, it's coming under additional fire. - Feb 2018

I think maybe. - Jan 2015

Jakarta and Indonesians are quite tolerant. - Jan 2013

It is okay. I'm not an expert on it, but I think the scene does exist. Indonesia does have some hardliners, but that does not necessarily reflect the majority view. LGBT expats may feel they need to keep their relationship more discreet in some circles. However, our DCM (second to the Ambassador) was very open about his male partner and brought him along to formal events, etc. It depends on the audience; in most cases in Jakarta there wouldn't be a problem. - Jun 2012

Probably ok, but you must be very discreet due to religious and social conservatism. - Jan 2012

Yes. - Jul 2011

Jakarta is generally much more passively tolerant than many other cities towards homosexuality. Even my very open friends have had no problems. - Dec 2010

Homosexual friends have enjoyed this tolerant city without fear of any kind of discrimination. - Nov 2010

From a heterosexual point of view, Jakarta is a neutral place when it comes to homosexuality. - Jul 2010

There is definitely a gay scene, though not as open as in the States/Europe. - Mar 2008

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