In pictures: Indonesia's waria

Mixed feelings

But at more traditional Koran schools, feelings about waria range from acceptance to outright rejection.

At this nearby school, boys and girls are strictly segregated - the way it should be, the imam tells me.

"In Islam, there are separate rules for men and women, so they can't be mixed. There are only two gender identities in Islam men and women that's non-negotiable." The special classes for waria are a good thing, he says, only if they force them to comply with Islamic teaching and return to their original gender.

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