This week read about a couple in Indonesia receiving punishment for alleged homosexual relations, and a Brazilian lawmaker drafting a law to protect transgender employees.

Brazilian Lawmaker Lobbies Jobs for Transgender Employees

A Brazilian lawmaker drafted a law on Jan. 29 requiring 3% of jobs at private firms in the country to be reserved for transgender employees, Reuters reported.

The bill would also require firms to respect transgender people’s chosen names, clothing preferences and bathroom choice, Reuters reported.

All private firms who receive state aid or contracts and have more than 100 staff members would be included in the law, Reuters reported.

Congressman Alexandre Padilha plans to present the bill to Brazil's Congress this week, though analysts said the initiative likely will not be approved, Reuters reported.

Padilha worked on the legislation with the Brazilian Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites, Transsexuals and Intersex people, Reuters reported.

The law is similar to one passed in Argentina that reserved 1% of public sector jobs for the transgender community, Reuters reported.

Gay Couple Flogged in Indonesia


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Two gay men were flogged 77 times each by authorities in the Aceh province of Indonesia on Jan. 28, the Human Rights Watch reported. They were punished for alleged homosexual relations.

International law views this punishment as torture, but Sharia Islamic law allows such action, the HRW reported.

In November, a crowd broke into the couple’s apartment and brought the men to police, the HRW reported.

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia enforcing Islamic law, reported. The local criminal code considers homosexual practices acts of sodomy.

Aceh’s criminal code criminalizes both male and female same-sex relations, the HRW reported. The province’s parliament also adopted ordinances criminalizing non-hijab-wearing women, alcohol, gambling and extramarital sex.

In a similar punishment in 2017, two young men each received 85 lashes after being convicted for alleged same-sex relations, the HRW reported.