Transvestites in Aceh who work in hairdressing salons risk losing their jobs.
Waria, men who act and dress as women, often work in hairdressing salons, including in the city of Banda Aceh, where recently a new local law has been promulgated which forbids men from cutting the hair of women, and vice versa. This causes a problem for the waria because on their identity cards they are listed as men, while they feel that they are women.
"Susi", a transvestite who works in a salon in the Peunayong district of Banda Aceh, says most of her/his customers are women and the new law puts her/his livelihood at risk.
Miss Waria Indonesia 2005 contestants, who may or may not work in salons.
The city government of Banda Aceh, Aceh, where Islamic sharia law is gradually becoming the law of the land, has already begun putting signs on salons that say:
This salon is for women only, men who are not related [to any of the women inside] must not enter.
Susi worries about her future:
How will we eat, are the officials going to feed us?
Susi says in the salon where she works all the staff are waria, only the cashier is a "real" woman.