Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Transvestites Contest in Aceh

The Province of Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which strictly adopted the Islamic Law, whereby women must wear head scarf and unmarried couples can be punished by stoning if they committed adultery.

So when an Acehnese woman, Qory Sandioriva, was elected as Miss Indonesia 2009, Ulamas (Muslim cleric) in Aceh have strongly protested against it.

Due to the above, I was very surprised when I read that on 14 February, Transvestites (homosexuals)  in Aceh held its first beauty pageant for Transvestites. And Zifana Lestisia (19) from Lhokseumawe was chosen as the Social & Culture Envoy 2010 who will represent Aceh at the national level.

The event organizer told the media that Ulama in Aceh have given their permit for the event. But this was denied by the Ulama who said that the transvestites came to them to ask for guidance to hold a charity event, not a beauty pageant. The ulama felt that they have been fooled by the Tranvestites.

For details, please click here and here.

Hmmmm ...... it would be very interesting to know the further development of this case.

Photo :  Courtesy of Yahoo/Viva.


umihoney said...

Ya look forward to read more on this.Tsk tsk not so nice to deceive the ulamak.Made me smile though :)

H. Nizam said...


It's really bad to deceive the ulama.
I am glad that my post can make you smile.

Rob Baiton said...


Do you have to be homosexual to be a transvestite? Are all homosexuals transvestites?

The ulama was not deceived. A beauty pageant can be a charity event as well.

When it is all said and done, whether it was a beauty pageant or a charity event is neither here nor there in the big scheme of things.

Hopefully, there is nothing more to follow with respect to this story, and that the participants and organizers of this event can go on doing what they do and living their lives the best they can without fear of retribution for some kind of alleged deception.

H. Nizam said...


In this case the word Transvestites is translation for "homosexual". Because the contest in Aceh was to select what Indonesians called : Waria (wanita pria) or Wadam (wanita adam) or Banci.
I don't know other English words for those words.

I also hope that nothing bad will follow the story.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Interesting post. Transvestite- cross dresser?

H. Nizam said...


"Cross dresser?"
if it means : a man who dressed like a woman, than that the word.

Belajar Ekspor Impor said...

It seems things go wilder in Aceh. Religious 'contrains' being pushed hard by fraudulent deeds...

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オテモヤン said...


H. Nizam said...

@Belajar Impor ekspor,

Hi Edwin, thank you for introducing your new blog which I think would be as interesting as your first one.
I'll surely go there.


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