In pictures: Indonesia's waria


It is lunchtime in one of Yogyakarta's bustling street markets. And Vera and her friends are starting work.

They wriggle their way through the stalls, rattling home-made instruments and singing songs. The essentials for turning a healthy profit: skimpy clothes, lots of lipstick and a big dollop of attitude.

Vera is the tallest among them. She says she knew she was female long before she started wearing make-up, despite being biologically a man.

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