Indonesian LGBTQ community is suffering from high rates of HIV
On regular bases the LGBTQ community suffers from marginalization. The LGBTQ community of Indonesia is suffering from an epidemic of HIV with a recent poll showing 26% of the population dislike gay and transgender people. The Human Rights Watch stated that the lack of knowledge and health education among the community and society is the reason the rates are so high. In 2017, more than 300 LGBTQ people were arrested during raids by the police and Islamic groups. The national professional association of psychiatrist claimed that being gay or transgender is a mental illness. Many LGBTQ people stated that the reason the disease is increasing because of social pressure and lack of safe-sex information. The Daily was joined by researcher and writer Hendri Yulius from the University of Melbourne.