People who identify as LGBTQ in Indonesia face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. According to a 2013 Pew Research Centre survey, 93% of people in Indonesia stated that homosexuality should not be accepted within their society.
While homosexuality is classified as legal in Indonesia, Islamic-based laws exist in the Aceh and South Sumatra provinces which state that same-sex sexual acts are illegal, with a punishment of up to 100 lashes and up to 100 months in prison.
Michael is abstaining from meat, fish and sugary treat for 79 days to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in 79 countries around the world. To find out more and to support Michael’s ‘79 Days’ challenge, click here.