I am 19 years old girls and now attending in public university in my hometown, Pontianak City, West Borneo, as you know before, I just an ordinary girl like many girls in my country, having fun, going around, shopping, and everything about youth lifestyle, and I have many friends too, boys and girls, young and adults.
Until I know about HIV-AIDS and get in to the activism world, I met with very a lot of different people, and I must adapted with every people, not only boys and girls but also transgender, people with different sexual oriented, sex worker, and still too much to tell.
Daily, I usually worked and spending my time with them, sharing, telling story, until some of them, I mean the transgender, who man dressed like a woman, wearing a dress and used the make up in his face, it makes my family and my friends, I mean my college friends start to protest and gave a negative comment to me. My family rejected my transgender friends, every people around me said something breaking his heart, and so many people asking me, "Don't you shy have friend like him?"
Oh Gosh, that is very hard to me to try explained to my family, especially my mother, my friends, and peoples around me that he is human too, an ordinary person too, just same like us, but I never give up, because I believe, in the first time, I did the same attitude too, like as my family and my friends did, said a negative comment to "strange people" like them, but when my eyes is open, I can see from another part of them, they are special friend and also care about me, my experience and clarity information be my power to realized people around me too, as like realized me before, and now I'm very happy because I have a lot of friends from a lot of background.
"If you want to get to know a person, don't judge the person from the cover, but try to know how is it like inside."
AIDS Commission, Pontianak, West Borneo