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chairman Salim Alatas speaks during an interview from his residence in Jakarta on May 15. (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)
FPI Shuts Down Transgender Festival in Jakarta

in INDONESIA, 07/12/2012

A transgender festival in Jakarta was cancelled on Monday night, after the Islamic Defenders Front turned up to the event and demanded the organizers shut it down.

“It’s called Festival Waria Berbudaya [Cultural Transgender Festival], not a pageant where contestants are judged by their looks,” Merlyn told the Jakarta Globe. “Festival Waria Berbudaya is an attempt to answer the wrong perceptions in our community by producing decent human resources of waria. It’s not going to be instant, but we’re trying to nurture them.” Read more.

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