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'First' home for transgender elderly

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A dozen elderly women are gathered inside the pink house, set on a narrow dirt road in a dusty suburb of Jakarta. Together they sew, bake and chat. 

Yulianus Rettoblaut, better known as Mami Yuli, holds a meeting in her house on January 29, 2013 in the suburbs of Jakarta that she opened to transgenders last year. A home for elderly "waria", a term used for Indonesian transgender people, is an unexpected sight.

On first sight they look like a group of benevolent grandmothers, but the sunken cheeks and deep lines on some of their faces tell stories of hardship.

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