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LGBT Rights in Aceh autonomous province

The laws displayed for Aceh are the same as Indonesia.
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Not legal
    ✖ State-enforced
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    ✖ Single only
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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Homosexual activity in Aceh


Homosexual activity in Aceh is legal.

A new law will be going into effect soon.
Not yet in effect
Going into effect Jan 3, 2026
On December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed outlawing sex outside marriage. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex.
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Current status
Since Aug 9, 2001
Homosexuality is legal in Indonesia. The age of consent is 18 years old. Illegal in the Autonomous province of Aceh. Although, the Indonesian law allows homosexual conducts an overbroad interpretation of the pornography law, coupled with government action has enabled the police to use in targetting LGBT people.

1993–Sep 24, 2019
Legal Nationwide (The age of consent in Indonesia for a Homosexual Activity is 18 years old since 1993), except in Aceh :

Aceh's law on criminalizing "Anal Sex" for Muslim men came into effect on October 23rd, 2015.

Indonesia's proposed new penal code which sought to criminalize Homosexual conducts was failed to pass as of September 24, 2019.
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Jan 1, 2002–Jan 1, 2016
Varies by Region
Sex between consenting adults (18 years of age by the Law on Child Protection, No.
23/2002) of the same sex or gender is not criminalized in the Indonesian Penal Code.

There are three exceptions where homosexuality is marginalized in local ordinances:

1. District Ordinance on Social Order (No. 10/2007) in Banjar, South Kalimantan Province. It
mentions “abnormal” homosexual and heterosexual acts (in addition to “normal” ones) in
its definition of “prostitute.” No explanation is given for “normal” or “abnormal” acts. It also
prohibits the formation of organizations “leading to immoral acts” that are “unacceptable to
the culture of [local] society.” These are later explained by giving examples of lesbian and gay
organizations “and the like.”

2. City Ordinance on the Development of a Value System in Social Life Based on the Teachings of
Islam and Local Social Norms (No. 12/2009) in Tasikmalaya, West Java. It prohibits adultery and
prostitution, both heterosexual and homosexual.

3. City Ordinance on the Prevention, Eradication and Prosecution of Social Ills (No. 9/2010)
in Padang Panjang, West Sumatra. The section with de$nition of terms explicitly mentions
“homosexual and lesbian” relationships and later prohibits such relationships and prohibits
persons from “o#ering themselves for homosexual and lesbian relationships either with or
without payment.”

Alongside these local ordinances, Aceh province (a province with significant legislative autonomy from the rest of Indonesia) from October, 2015, criminalises homosexual sex between muslim men with a punishment of up to 100 lashes.
Being LGBT in Asia - Indonesia Report 2014


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Aug 16, 1945–Oct 25, 2015
The date listed is the ratification of the Indonesian Constitution. Homosexuality is legal in Indonesia with the exception of Aceh and the city of Palembang .
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Same-sex marriage in Aceh


Same-sex marriage in Aceh is not legal.

Current status
Not legal
There is no legal recognition of same-sex unions in Indonesia. Article 1 of the Law No. 1 of the Year 1974 on Marriage states unequivocally that marriage is "a physical and spiritual bond between a man and a woman as husband and wife, having the purpose of establishing a happy and lasting family founded on the Belief in God Almighty".[1] Moreover, Article 2 states that a marriage is only lawful if it is in accordance with the laws of the religions of the respective parties. Meanwhile, Indonesians who have entered into same-sex marriage abroad are not allowed to register their marriage in Indonesia due to Article 1 of the Marriage Act.[2] Additionally, Article 34(1) of the Law No. 23 of the Year 2006 on Civil Administration obliges all marriages to be reported to the local authorities within 60 days after marriage, and the explanation of Article 34(1) states that "marriage" can only be performed by a man and a woman
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Aceh


Censorship of LGBT Issues in Aceh is state-enforced.

Current status
Most of Indonesia doesn't have censorship towards the LGBT community , but in some certain places like the TV shows it does. Some popular LGBT Websites have also been banned. Nevertheless, LGBT movies are most times free to be broadcasted in Indonesian cinemas.
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Right to change legal gender in Aceh


Right to change legal gender in Aceh is legal, but requires surgery.

Current status
Since 1973
Legal, but requires surgery
A court ruling in Indonesia in December 2009 stipulated that Indonesians who have undergone gender re-assignment surgery must be allowed to change their gender on identity documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Aceh


Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Aceh is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Indonesia does not legally recognize non-binary identities, despite genderless identities being part of its culture and history.
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LGBT discrimination in Aceh


LGBT discrimination in Aceh is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Oct 8, 2015
Illegal in some contexts
The Indonesian police authorities ruled an order since 2015 that it would process any hate speech related to sexual orientation or gender.
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Until Oct 8, 2015
No protections
LGBT Indonesians face discrimination on the work place.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Aceh


LGBT employment discrimination in Aceh is no protections.

Current status
No protections
There is no anti-discrimination law on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Theoretically there is a guarantee of protection against discriminatory practices based on any
ground in the Constitution and the Human Rights Law (No. 39/1999). Similarly, the Labor Law
(No. 13/2003) prohibits discrimination in employment. However, this is little known in LGBT
communities, and has not been used in court in a case to challenge discrimination against LGBT
Being LGBT in Asia: Indonesia Country Report 2014

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LGBT housing discrimination in Aceh


LGBT housing discrimination in Aceh is no protections.

Current status
Since Aug 18, 1945
No protections
None exist currently.
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Same-sex adoption in Aceh


Same-sex adoption in Aceh is single only.

Current status
Single only
Same-sex couples are legally prohibited from adopting children in Indonesia by a joint adoption. Prospective parents must be in a marriage recognized by Indonesia.

By the National law, adoption must be from a married heterosexual couple. However, single parents can adopt under regional minister’s allowance. There are no requirements regarding sexual orientation or gender identity to adopt a child as single parent.

Serving openly in military in Aceh


Serving openly in military in Aceh is ambiguous.

Current status
Lesbian,Gay men and women are not allowed to serve in the military under the ST/398/2009 telegram letter of the Indonesian army. Though intersex individuals are technically allowed to serve in the army since 2021. No rules were stated for Transgender individuals yet.

Might be allowed in the future if the Indonesian army decide to require conscription.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Aceh


Blood donations by MSMs in Aceh is legal.

Current status
No restrictions. (anyone can donate blood in Indonesia as long as they are not addicted to drugs or infected with HIV)
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Conversion therapy in Aceh


Conversion therapy in Aceh is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
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Equal age of consent in Aceh


Equal age of consent in Aceh is equal.

Current status
Since Oct 15, 2019
Equalized under the child protection act, for both homosexual and heterosexual activity is 18 years old . However under the Indonesian Penal code the minimum age of consent for heterosexual activity is minimum 15 years old, whereas the age of consent for homosexual activity is 18 years old. In 2019, the marriageable age for a heterosexual marriage is equalized to 19 years old for both males and females.
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1974–Oct 15, 2019
The age of consent for males and females engaged in heterosexual activity is 19 and 16 in a marriage respectively. For homosexual activity, the age of consent is 18.
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