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Accepting transgender, diverse identities on Peace Day

  • Ati Nurbaiti

    South Tangerang, Banten

South Tangerang, Banten   /   Fri, October 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Love wins: A passerby hugs an activist campaigning for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during Car Free Day in Jakarta on June 16, 2019.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Going, going, gone. That blue Longchamp. The green Coach. Weather-beaten, soft-looking leathers. All at a fraction of their market prices, for these are second-hand, “preloved” items. Hundreds of spectators are gathered online, as the hunting and finding of the branded clothes, bags and boots, are aired live on Facebook. The host, one potential buyer says, “looks like a banci [sissy],” drawing hilarious comments, for indeed, one says, the seller is a drag queen. Gay activist Hartoyo started the now-popular online shop called Sriloved. Part of the proceeds support waria — transwomen — among the groups hardest hit by COVID-19. Mobility restrictions have closed their main livelihood sources — the beauty salons and streets for busking or konser — concerts in waria-speak. Another part supports the continued advocacy work of his group Suara...