Indonesia’s psychiatric body has classified homosexuality and gender dysphoria as a mental disorder, and listing it as something that can be cured. The Indonesian Psychiatrists Association has set a dangerous precedence in Southeast Asia during a time when positive change is happening for the LGBT community across the continent.
“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. “Without constant intervention, a person can easily return to their previous sexual tendency once he or she experiences withdrawal,” she added.
The country is setting back the hands of time on decades’ worth of research that shows that homosexuality is not a mental disorder—the World Health Organization took it off their list in 1970.