LGBT ASIA NEWS – Indonesia – Miss Transgender crowned

JAKARTA, Indonesia –  Transgender people and gay activists from across Indonesia have defied a wave of hatred against sexual minorities to crown a Miss Transgender at a national pageant held in absolute secrecy. A handful of journalists were notified just a few hours in advance of the location of the event, held in the capital, Jakarta, to prevent any attempts by Islamic hard-liners to shut down the pageant. And because of the risk of discovery and violence, organizers asked those present not to post anything on social media during the contest. Qienabh Tappii, a 28-year-old representing Jakarta who wore a

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