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Indonesian minister says LGBT are diseased, need curing

The Jakarta Post/ANN | Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016

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The debate over lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBTs) has continued, with Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan throwing in his two cents' worth.

Luhut on Monday called for the protection of the LGBT community's rights.

"Yes, I agree that religion forbids it, but to me is a right," Luhut said during a meeting between the government and House of Representatives commissions I and III as quoted by kompas.com.

Still, Luhut said, the condition was an illness involving a chromosome and LGBT people needed curing.

He previously expressed regret that members of the LGBT community had been victims of abuse and urged the public to refrain from showing prejudice toward them.

Meanwhile, Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Aboe Bakar Alhabsy said the LGBT community posed problems within society.

He urged the government to take a firm stance on the issue.

"What is Indonesia's stance on this issue ? It would be a disgrace to ignore it," he said.

A neurosurgeon from private Mayapada Hospital, Roslan Yusni Hasan, said lesbianism, homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality were not diseases and therefore there was nothing to cure in LGBT people.

"We used to see it as an abnormality, but now it is just a variation of life. In biology, there is no such thing as an abnormality, everything is a variation," he told kompas.com last week.

The tendency to be LGBT starts in the womb, he said. Sex, gender and sexual orientation had different establishment processes, he said. Thus, there were men who were not masculine but it did not mean they were not attracted to the opposite sex.

Moreover, those with the XX chromosome are not necessarily female while those with the XY chromosome were not necessarily male. Based on biological facts, there are many genetic variations, such as missing or extra chromosomes, Roslan said.