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Over the weekend, Indonesian police raided several beauty salons and held transgender women for three days, cut their long hair, forced them to wear men’s clothes, and gave “counselling and coaching”. “It’s going well and now they are all acting like real men,” the local police chief said. This was in Aceh, a province that is much more conservative than the rest of the country, and not necessarily representative of national sentiment. But it follows a series of raids of gay bars in the capital Jakarta and comes as Indonesian lawmakers consider changes to the criminal code that would effectively make gay sex illegal, as well as any other sex outside of marriage.

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