In pictures: Indonesia's waria

'Human or animal?'

Vera (right) is a regular. She comes to the tiny house with her friends to pray and learn the Koran, but also just to hang out, gossip, watch television and eat the snacks Maryani cooks up.

She likes it because there's no pressure to be something they are not. "I've had people say 'Is that a human or an animal?'" she says. "And I've run into people who - in the name of God - are violent." Waria might be accepted as street musicians, but in any other context, discrimination remains rife.

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