For trans people in Indonesia, prejudice doesn’t end with death



It was almost 2pm in one of the outer western suburbs of Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city of more than three million inhabitants. Merry, 50, a transwoman, had just alighted from a bemo, or public transport van, to head home after a day spent busking. Home is a 3 square metre (32 square ft) room she rents for just under US$25 a month.This is a marked improvement from the wooden shack she was living in a year ago. At US$2 a month to rent, it was a fraction of what she pays now but lacked…


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