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Jakarta Post

Searching for safe havens for the transgendered Indonesia

  • Jennie S. Bev

    The Jakarta Post

Santa Clara, California   /   Fri, November 2 2012   /  07:49 am

Last year, I received an email from a reader of my writings in The Jakarta Post. The person is a he-she. For the sake of respecting the person’s gender preference, using “she” is more appropriate.

She said that she had been following my writings about human rights and humanitarian concerns on various issues in Indonesia, including minority rights.

She was based in the US seeking political asylum as she has been experiencing unspeakable harassment and abuse as a transgendered individual in Indonesia.

She asked me to write a letter as an “expert witness” to what has been happening to minorities, including transgendered individuals, in Indonesia.

Only recently a survey conducted by the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) found a growing level of intolerance toward minorities, particularly toward gay and lesbian people.

As a San Francisco Bay Area r...