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Meet AMUBA, Indonesia's First All-Trans Girlband

In our new documentary we follow AMUBA's struggle to build a music career in a country where the LGBTQ community is deeply maligned.

by VICE Staff
10 June 2019, 5:00am

There are few spaces for trans women in Indonesia. Many are left to earn a living either as buskers or as sex workers. But in Yogyakarta, a group of trans women, or "waria," are trying to carve out a new space in the city's live music scene. AMUBA, Indonesia's first all-trans girlband, is pulling waria from off the streets and putting them on the stage. Band founder Tamara Pertamina is herself a product of the streets, and founded AMUBA as a vehicle to empower her fellow trans women in Indonesia.

This article originally appeared on VICE ASIA.