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.