Life as a Mermaid: Being Transgender in West Borneo

Cindy Clarissa finds surprising beauty in unexpected places in her travels as a photojournalist. This photo series and essay about Aulia in West Borneo is a perfect example.

BY Cindy Clarissa

June 14 2012 5:28 AM ET

Sometimes the very people he helped do not recognize it and turn their backs on him.  I questioned his motivation to keep going.  He said to me, “People call us [transgender people] creature of the valley of darkness, but even within that darkness, there is a ray of light that can help others. Time is precious, and as long as there is time for me to help others, why don’t I do it?”

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