As someone who once lived in Indonesia, this makes me happy. I do fear, however, over the seeming rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric by fudamentalists, some of whom are in government if reports are accurate.
Qienabh Tappii, a 28-year-old representing Jakarta beat 30 other contestants to be crowned Miss Waria Indonesia 2016. Waria is the Indonesian word for transgender.
About 200 people defied increasing hostility against the LGBT community in Indonesia to attend the competition in the nation’s capital Jakarta.
The event was kept secret with journalists only told hours ahead of time and attendees told not to post on social media until after the event. READ FULL