LGBT Travellers

Gay travellers in Indonesia should follow the same precautions as straight travellers: avoid public displays of affection. This is especially important in conservative areas such as Aceh, where two women hugging were sent for 'reeducation' by religious police in 2015.

  • Gay men in Indonesia are referred to as homo or gay; lesbians are lesbi.
  • Indonesia's community of transvestite/transsexual waria – from the words wanita (woman) and pria (man) – has always had a very public profile; also known by the less polite term banci.
  • Islamic groups proscribe homosexuality, but queer-bashing is rare.
  • Bali is especially LGBT-friendly, with a large community of expats and people from elsewhere in Indonesia. Although even there, there was controversy when a gay wedding was held at a resort in 2015.

Indonesian LGBT organisations include the following.

  • GAYa Nusantara (www.gayanusantara.or.id) Publishes the monthly magazine GAYa Nusantara.
  • Gaya Dewata (YGD, www.gayadewata.com) Bali's oldest and only community-run LGBT organisation.