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Indonesian trans women released from jail but must act like "men"

“We helped them to return to their nature as men and it turned out that they were actually macho."
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The 12 transgender women who were arrested in Aceh Indonesia this past weekend have been released from jail, but they have been ordered to keep their hair short and act like men.

Police raided five hair salons in the province of Aceh last Saturday and took the women into custody but before doing so gave them short haircuts and shamed them publicly by having them dress in men’s clothing.

Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata said at the time the women would be coached on masculinity, “The expression of men dressed like women needs serious attention,” he said.

He added, “Officers also nurtured them by way of having them run for some time and telling them to chant loudly until their male voices came out.”

Speaking about their release, Surianata said they could return to their daily lives including work but they must act like men.

“We helped them to return to their nature as men and it turned out that they were actually macho,” he told news.com.au.

“They are happy now because before they were lost in their false identity.”

Aceh has no tolerance for the LGBT community. The conservative Muslim province follows Islamic Sharia Law and homosexuality is illegal.