In Indonesia, transgender women find haven in Islamic boarding school

A group of transgender women listen to cleric Arif Nuh Safri (C) as he leads a Koran study session in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kanupriya Kapoor/Files

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Shinta Ratri, the matron of an Indonesian Islamic boarding school, corrects the pronunciation of a group of fellow Muslims as they chant the phrase “only one God” in Arabic and prepare to pray together. Nothing unusual in that, except that these worshippers, gathered in a cramped residential neighbourhood of the city […]

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