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Barack Obama’s transgender nanny was a prostitute – Evie tells all

by | 5th, March 2012

EVER hear of Barack Obama’s “transgender ex-nanny outcast”?

The AP has. It introduces the world to Evie. She looked after Barry Obama when he lived in Indonesia. Evie is a woman trapped in a man’s body. She tells a tale of brutality and hate in Indonesia. She says a trangendered friend of hers was killed on account of her sexuality. It made Evie toss sway her dresses and make-up and live as man in fear. Says Evie:

“I knew in my heart I was a woman, but I didn’t want to die like that. So I decided to just accept it. … I’ve been living like this, a man, ever since.”

The report adds:

Nobody knows how many of them live in the sprawling archipelagic nation of 240 million, but activists estimate 7 million. Because Indonesia is home to more Muslims than any other country in the world, the pervasiveness of men who live as women and vice versa often catches newcomers by surprise. They hold the occasional pageant, work as singers or at salons and include well-known celebrity talk show host Dorce Gamalama.

Pageants does not sound like a group living in constant fear. And why should Muslims be less understanding of transgender people than, says, Catholics in Northern Ireland or Sikhs in the Punjab?

…the country’s highest Islamic body has decreed that they are required to live as they were born because each gender has obligations to fulfill, such as reproduction.

“They must learn to accept their nature,” says Ichwan Syam, a prominent Muslim cleric at the influential Indonesian Ulema Council. “If they are not willing to cure themselves medically and religiously” they have “to accept their fate to be ridiculed and harassed.”

You will recall that Obama’s aide described homosexuality as a “lifestyle choice“. Indonesia is not such a foreign place.

Evie says she chose her current name because she thought it sounded sweet. But she adds, as she pulls out her national identification card, her official name is Turdi and gender male.

Turdi?

Several longtime residents of Obama’s old Menteng neighborhood confirmed that Turdi had worked there as his nanny for two years, also caring for his baby sister Maya. When asked about the nanny, the White House had no comment.

The AP adds:

Evie, who like many Indonesians goes by a single name, now lives in a closet-sized hovel…

Yep. Thanks to persecution and the lack of job opportunities, Obama’s tranexual nanny lives in the clsoet. It was once so different. Turdi the male nanny was once a cook:

And so it was, at a cocktail party in 1969, that she met Ann Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother, who had arrived in the country two years earlier after marrying her second husband, Indonesian Lolo Soetoro. Dunham was so impressed by Evie’s beef steak and fried rice that she offered her a job in the family home. It didn’t take long before Evie also was 8-year-old Barry’s caretaker, playing with him and bringing him to and from school. Neighbors recalled that they often saw Evie leave the house in the evening fully made up and dressed in drag. But she says it’s doubtful Barry ever knew.

“He was so young,” says Evie. “And I never let him see me wearing women’s clothes. But he did see me trying on his mother’s lipstick, sometimes. That used to really crack him up.”

When Barry let, Turdi became a prostitute.

It’s an odd story. And we’ve heard it before.

The NY Times reported in 2010:

His nanny was an openly gay man who, in keeping with Indonesia’s relaxed attitudes toward homosexuality, carried on an affair with a local butcher, longtime residents said. The nanny later joined a group of transvestites called Fantastic Dolls, who, like the many transvestites who remain fixtures of Jakarta’s streetscape, entertained people by dancing and playing volleyball.

So. Muslims are not tolerant? The Age reported in 2003:

When an Indonesian bride needs to look her best, a transvestite will often be called on to do her make-up. For such a special day, a transvestite in one of the better salons might be preferred as the best person to do her hair. And with many of the country’s tailors employing transvestites – a “waria”, as Indonesians call them – may also be the one entrusted to stitch her most important dress. Compared to many other countries, Indonesia’s transvestites enjoy a surprising level of acceptance, living in poverty or wealth beside conventional families and appearing in sitcoms, advertising campaigns and theatrical shows. Muslim men in skirts and heels are tolerated as another exotic ingredient in Indonesia’s rich and forgiving mix.

More forgiving than Obama’s enemies in the US…



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