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Shock move as Indonesian government cancels anti-LGBTI event

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To get around the the ban, organizers renamed the event. | Photo: Supplied

Indonesia’s Education Ministry canceled an event created to give advice to people on how to ‘save’ children from the LGBTI community.

The ‘Save Indonesian Families and Children From the LGBT Movement’ is planned for today (25 April) at the Education Ministry’s offices.

The Dharma Women’s Union (DWP) is an organization whose members the wives of government officials and had organized the event.

A promotional poster

The first poster promoting an anti-LGBTI event in Indonesia. | Photo: Supplied

Education Minister Muhadjir Effendy was scheduled to speak at the event but it was unexpectedly cancelled.

LGBT advocates criticized the event but the Ministry did not explain the reason behind the cancellation.

But in a development earlier today, it appears the the event is actually going ahead but has a new name. The event was renamed ‘Save Indonesian Families and Children in the Millenial Era’.

promotional poster

The reworked poster that was originally advertising an anti-LGBTI event. | Photo: Suppled

The event which is happening as this story goes to publication, with sources at the event telling Gay Star News the anti-LGBTI rhetoric is going ahead despite renaming the event.

Attendees at the event are saying the main message of the event is how to ‘prevent the family from unhealthy sexual orientation’.

Anti-LGBTI hate in Indonesia

Since the beginning of 2016 Indonesia has increased its persecution and discrimination of the LGBTI community.

Many officials and authorities have led the campaign against LGBTI people.

The chair of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan said LGBT are running ‘rampant’ and ‘damaging’ Indonesia.

A Bill to criminalize homosexuality has been delayed until July, buying LGBTI advocates more time to try and convince lawmakers to vote against it.

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