Indonesian first trans-inclusive Muslim school was forced to close

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 23: Anti-LGBT activists protest on February 23, 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia ministers and religious leaders have taken additional steps to denounced homosexuality, LGBT websites had been blocked and hardliners launched anti-gay raids over recent weeks. Indonesia saw its former communications minister calling for the public to kill any gay people they find and the leading psychiatric body describe transgenderism as a mental disorder. Homosexuality and gay sex are not illegal in Indonesia but the world's largest Muslim country has been increasing meeting intolerance from the Indonesian public. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

The transgender boarded school was declared as immoral and made to close. Al Fatah was widely regarded as a symbol of tolerance in the country. The school claimed it was the only Islamic boarding school for transgender students in the world.

The school was closed because of inability to resist the pressure of Jihadists. The ‘Islamic hardliners’ are putting increasing pressure on the gay community, pornography and drinking alcohol. They are also shutting down festivals focusing on women’s issues, as well as churches that don’t practice Islam.

“Unfortunately in recent years, intolerant groups have been imposing their rigid beliefs on people,” said Agnes Dwi Rusjiyati, the local coordinator of activist group Bhinneka Tunggal Ika National Alliance. Despite the school is officially closed, the students are still gathering, learning and praying in its building.


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