Islamic organizations call off Miss Transvestite pageant in E. Kalimantan

Contestants in traditional dresses take part in Social Cultural Transvestite Queen
beauty pageant in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, late Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.

A Miss Transvestite pageant in Kutai Timur regency, East Kalimantan was postponed from its original schedule on Monday evening amid protests from several Islamic organizations in the region.

The contest, which was planned to feature transgender individuals wearing Javanese kebaya traditional attire, was originally scheduled to take place at the Buana Mekar building in North Sangatta, Kutai Timur, East Kalimantan at around 7:00 p.m.
The event’s organizing committee confirmed that 30 transgender individuals, with most of them working as beautician or street singers, were scheduled to participate.
Protests came from members of Indonesian Mosque Youth Communication Forum (BKPRMI) and several members of mass-based Muslim organization Muhammadiyah. (asa)

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post, 5/16/2012

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