This week read about Indonesia rejecting LGBT applicants for civil service positions, and gay conversion therapy spreading to Eastern Europe.
Gay Conversion Therapy Spread to Eastern Europe
An online gay conversion therapy conference took place Nov. 27 and 28 in Hungarian, Polish and Slovakian — languages commonly spoken in reportedly homophobic countries like Poland and Hungary, Truth Wins Out reported.
The Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, a U.S. organization, is responsible for the conference, Truth Wins Out reported.
The conference included presentations such as “Rethinking Transgenderism” and “Pastoral Care to Men and Women Struggling with Hurt Sexuality,” according to the International Federation for Therapeutic and Counseling Choice website.
The ATCSI was previously known as the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), which had been connected to multiple controversies, Truth Wins Out reported.
Dr. Mike Davidson, IFTCC Chairman, said in a video that “pansexual humanism” is becoming a “driver of values” in the West. “The result is confusion and frightening sexual anarchy,” he said.
Indonesia Rejects LGBT Applicants for Civil Service Positions
Illustration credit: Indonesian Government.
In Indonesia, the Attorney General’s Office is receiving criticism for rejecting LGBT applicants for civil service positions, the Jakarta Post reported.
When questioned about the rejections, AGO spokesperson Mukri said the office wanted “just the normal ones,” the Jakarta Post reported.
The action was also criticized by the Indonesian Ombudsman, an independent state institution that supervises public services, who said the rejections were discriminatory, the Jakarta Post reported.
Other groups included in the ban are pregnant and disabled applicants, Agence France-Presse reported. The country is receiving millions of applications for around 200,000 civil-service jobs throughout Indonesia.
Usman Hamid, the executive director of Amnesty International Indonesia, said that the ban was against Indonesia’s constitution and the country’s international human rights law obligations, the Jakarta Post reported.
House of Representatives member of the Islamic-based United Development Party Arsul Sani said that lawmakers plan to ask for clarification on the ban during the next working meeting with the House, the Jakarta Post reported.