June 8, 2021, 08.53 PM
Indri (33), a trans woman from Kampung Duri, West Jakarta, is struggling in the midst of the pandemic by busking on the street. KOMPAS.COM/JUNELIA NOVIIndri (33), a trans woman from Kampung Duri, West Jakarta, is struggling in the midst of the pandemic by busking on the street.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Covid-19 continues to keep a firm grip on vulnerable sections, especially for the transgender community in Indonesia.

Due to the lack of job opportunities in the formal sector, many transgender people in Indonesia's big cities are found busking on the streets. During the pandemic, their jobs are facing a high risk of exposure to the virus and its adverse outcomes on the streets.

Indri, a 33-year-old trans woman, has faced challenges after the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in the country last year. 

“I used to earn up to 100,000 rupiahs ($7) per day before the pandemic but now it is very hard to just earn 50,000 rupiahs ($3),” said Indri.

Fear of meeting relatives while dressing and busking in the city forced Indri to walk dozens of kilometers a day to reach other cities near Jakarta to make ends meet. 

Every day Indri needs about 15,000 ($1) to rent a music box, which she uses when busking. Apart from that, she also had to pay the rent to keep a roof over her head every month.

It doesn’t stop there. Living as a transgender is including the risk of delays in access to gender-affirming care, and diminished access to social support, which is crucial to protecting against the effects of stigma and discrimination.

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Indri sits on public transportation to reach villages on the outskirts of Jakarta.KOMPAS.COM/JUNELIA NOVI Indri sits on public transportation to reach villages on the outskirts of Jakarta.

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After singing and dancing, Indri receives tips from people in the villages.KOMPAS.COM/JUNELIA NOVI After singing and dancing, Indri receives tips from people in the villages.

A woman raised her hand to reject Indri's performance.KOMPAS.COM/JUNELIA NOVI A woman raised her hand to reject Indri's performance.

Indri eats a bowl of instant noodles to save on expenses.KOMPAS.COM/JUNELIA NOVI Indri eats a bowl of instant noodles to save on expenses.

Indri's rented music box.KOMPAS.COM/JUNELIA NOVI Indri's rented music box.

 

Indri counted the tips.KOMPAS.COM/JUNELIA NOVI Indri counted the tips.

 

Indri walks under a busy highway underpass where she goes to sing for tips in Jakarta.KOMPAS.COM/JUNELIA NOVI Indri walks under a busy highway underpass where she goes to sing for tips in Jakarta.





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