PHOTOS: For Indonesia’s Buginese community, trans women play key role in Muslim weddings

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Wanda applies bridal makeup to Fitri, one of her clients, in Sidrap, South Sulawesi, on July 30th, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Alexandra Radu

Wanda applies bridal makeup to Fitri, one of her clients, in Sidrap, South Sulawesi, on July 30th, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Alexandra Radu

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Indonesia’s predominantly Muslim Buginese community recognizes and respects five separate genders. One group, the calabai, maintains a unique and valued role planning local wedding ceremonies.