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Other Main Cities/Resorts
Surabaya , Bandung, Medang, Bali Island
Scene and Culture
Indonesia whilst predominantly a Muslim country in common with other South-East Asian nations is generally tolerant of homosexuality though in 2003 there was talk of criminalising homosexuality.
A small gay scene exists in the country with bars and clubs in Jakarta, Surabaya, Jogyakarta and other larger cities as well as on the tourist island of Bali. You will also find that some gays congregate in the juice bars in the fancier malls of the larger cities.
As in Thailand, various kinds of sexualities are an integral part of society. Many married men and women also maintain same-sex relationships. Only in some sectors of the new middle and professional classes, as well as some religious movements, has homophobia taken root.
Gay Indonesians are extemely welcoming towards visitors in our experience making Indonesia an excellent tourist destination for gays and lesbians.
Gay Age of Consent
Lesbian Age of Consent
There is no specific mention of gays and lesbians in the laws of Indonesia. Gay emancipation has recently taken hold in Indonesia. The first gay movement organisation was founded in Indonesia in 1981. In the early 1990's LGBT organisations spread throughout the archipelago and in 1993 the first Indonesian Lesbian and Gay Congress was held in in Yogyakarta. Indonesia's first Gay Pride celebration took place in Surabaya, in June 1999.
The best time of year to visit tropical Indonesia is during the dry season from June to September. Visiting in the wet season (November to March) is possible if you don't mind regular afternoon down pours. The advantage of visiting off season are the cheaper prices and the greener scenery.
Indonesia has an equatorial climate and its two seasons are influenced by the surrounding seas and determined by the monsoons. Relative humidity averages 80% all year round and thunderstorms are frequent. Average annual temperature ranges in Jakarta are from 23c to 33c all year.