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Atma Jaya Catholic University in South Jakarta opened a beauty salon that only hires transwomen – the first of its kind in Jakarta. The salon called ‘Sang Ratu’ (The Queen) is established under the university’s HIV/AIDS study center’s empowerment program called ‘Yes, I Can!’
The Jakarta Post spoke with the salon’s makeup artists, Iyet Artikasari and Rere Monica Perssik, about how this salon changes their lives. (JP/Donny Fernando)
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