Watch: Transgender Muslims

A new documentary explores gender nonconformity in Indonesia

In Indonesia, “waria” refers to men who live openly as women. And while the country is known for being conservative – Lady Gaga canceled a show there recently after receiving threats from Muslim groups – a new documentary sheds light on what it’s like for gender nonconformists in the heavily Islamic culture.

Tales of the Waria follows four men who live openly as women in Indonesia, revealing their own experiences and misconceptions about gender, sexuality and Islam. It premieres June 3 as part of the PBS Independent Lens Global Voices series.

Check out a preview: