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Indonesia psychiatric body classifies homosexuality as mental disorder

Indonesia psychiatric body classifies homosexuality as mental disorder

Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, the largest in Southeast Asia.

Indonesia’s leading psychiatric body has classified homosexuality and gender dysphoria mental disorders that can be cured with proper treatment.

The Indonesian Psychiatrists Association’s (IPA) statement is the most recent in a spate of anti-gay rhetoric in the Southeast Asian country.

‘We really do care about them. What we are worried about is, if left untreated, such sexual tendencies could become a commonly accepted condition in society,’ IPA member Suzy Yusna Dewi told The Jakarta Post.

Dewi claimed that homosexuality was triggered by external factors, such as social environment, and therefore they could be ‘cured’ with psychiatric treatment.

‘Without constant intervention, a person can easily return to their previous sexual tendency once he or she experiences withdrawal,’ she added.

The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders in 1970.

Gay sex is not a crime in Indonesia but remains taboo in many parts the Muslim-majority.

Earlier this week, Indonesia’s minister of defense said the LGBTI movement was more dangerous than nuclear warfare.

And in January, the minister of research, technology and higher education called for LGBTI students to be banned from universities.