by Agence France Presse, The GuardianNovember 2018

An Indonesian city plans to fine its gay and transgender residents 1m rupiah ($70) for disturbing “public order”, reflecting a rise in discrimination against the Muslim-majority nation’s small LGBT community.

This week, the city of Pariaman on Sumatra island passed a sweeping regulation banning “acts that are considered LGBT”.

The regulation forbids “immoral acts” between same-sex couples and prohibits residents from “acting as a transvestite”, but it offers few concrete examples of banned behaviour.

“Same-sex LGBT and transgender people will be subject to sanctions and fines if they disturb the public order,” said Fitri Nora, head of the local legislature.

Pariaman’s deputy mayor, Mardison Mahyudin, said the new rules were born out of “anxiety” about Indonesia’s LGBT community.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, except in Aceh province, which adheres to Islamic law.

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Authoritarians are highly self-righteous, and believe they are the ‘good people,’ this can unlock hostile impulses against those they consider “bad.”

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