May 30, 2023

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Indonesia: Why is the future of the only Islamic center dedicated to transgender people threatened?

  • Trisha Hosada and Sepano Hakit Maulana
  • BBC News Indonesia

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The Islamic Success Center in Yogyakarta has 63 female members, all of whom are transgender.

The future of Indonesia’s only Islamic center for transgender people is in jeopardy after its director, Shinda Ratri, died last February and the government announced it could no longer support it.

63 Transgender people regularly visit the Al-Fath Center, which provides them with a safe place to pray, read the Qur’an, learn skills, or talk and befriend non-judgmental people.

Renee Kaling is one of them.

When she wakes up in the morning, she gets dressed and puts on her favorite black wig, then grabs her handbag and sits on the streets of historic Yogyakarta to sing, hoping passers-by will give her financial donations. .