My Jakarta: Seruni, Transsexual Activist – Dalih Sembiring

“When I told my parents about how I had been secretly wearing dresses, they didn’t throw me out,” Seruni says.

Seruni recently spent nearly half a day with fellow transgendered men in Bukit Duri, West Jakarta, as part of a discussion about HIV/AIDS at the headquarters of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM). Earlier this month, Seruni was crowned Jakarta’s Miss Transgendered Youth Concerned about HIV/AIDS. The Bukit Duri discussion marked the beginning of Seruni‚Äôs one-year stint as the voice of transgendered Jakartans.