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Love is love; Lesbian and Muslim in I...
Surabaya, East Java
By Lola García-Ajofrín
20 May 2016

Anita, 49, and Ukke, 54, are a couple of lesbians from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. They have been together for the past last 11 years. This photo essay shows their daily life over the course of three months in a moment when hate speech against LGBT people increases in Indonesia. It was 1981 when Ika Yuanita - "Anita", as her friends know her, a 13 year old Indonesian girl, told her mother she thought she would not get married,  just before going to bed at home in Bendo, a green village set amidst the geometric rice paddies of East Java.

Her mother, Mrs. Alimah, who had long awaited the conversation with her daughter asked her in a friendly tone:
--Why? –And it was a silence.
--Because I do not like boys –Anita admitted, out of the blue.
--It is ok –mom said –but remember that you are our only daughter. We want to be grandparents –she stressed.
This is how this beautiful 49 years old indonesian woman, a lesbian, a mother, a grandmother of three grandchildren, a former actress, a former model and an activist looked for “a solution to love a girl,” she explains pragmatically, squatting on the second floor of her home in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, while she pats "Paris", a white and honey cat. Her partner Ukke prepares a coffee.

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North Korea in Color 017
By Ulrik Pedersen
06 Jun 2014

A couple's marriage photoshoot in rural Hamhung.

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North Korea in Color 021
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Jun 2014

A newlywed couple have a marriage photo shoot at the new war museum in Pyongyang.

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Kobirhossion
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
29 Jan 2014

Kobirhossion is 32 years old, married and with 3 kids.

Originally from Commilla, he has worked and lived here for over 12 years without any family members.

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Rokiabezom
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Rokiabezom states she is 30 years old and has been at this camp, away from her husband and one son for 7 years.

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Nurruzman
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Nurruzman, 30 years, is a new employee of this factory and has resided at this camp for only 6 months. He is alone, leaving his wife and 2 sons in his hometown of Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Talif
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Talif is 21 years old and comes from Jamalpur-Sherpur.

He is married but still has no children. He has resided at this camp for 6 years.

During his hours off he sells goods along the streets, such as sunglasses, for additional income.

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Nazma
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Nazma is 25 years old and is married with one daughter.

She resides here at the camp withoutthem, for over 6 years.

Originally from Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Daughter of Laborers Under a Dupatta
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

With such close and intimate living quarters, child care is a community effort.

This young girl will watch over the younger children as parents are absent during the day and night. (Factories run 24 hours a day.)

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Muhammed Abdulla
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Muhammed Abdulla is between the ages of 22-24 and has been in this camp for 18 years.

He’s married with one son and both reside in Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Sofik
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Sofik, 19 years old, returns from the market along the dangerous roads of Bangladesh with fresh cuts of beef for dinner.

He has been here for 2 years, alone. Originally from Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Young Girl Hangs Laundry in the Camp
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

A daughter of garment factory employees, hangs clothes to dry in the last moments of sunshine.

No matter age or gender, everyone takes on house hold responsibilities.

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Zorna and Her Husband
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Zorna is approximately 25 years old and stands next to her husband in a camp for garment workers about 100km north of Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka.

She has resided at this particular camp for over 10 years. The couple must live separated, as the men and women’s living quarters are separated to prevent problems.

They have one son that lives with family in their hometown of Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Brother and Sister of Laborers
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

A 10 year old girl holds onto the hand of her brother. The two, along with their parents and two other sisters, have lived at this camp for about 5 years. Hometown is Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Young Woman Garment Worker
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Many Bangladeshis can only give an approximate age. This woman aged between 20 and 25, has been away from her husband and son for almost 5 years. From Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Young Daughter of Garment Workers
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

A daughter of garment workers spends her time in the worker camp. Since both parents will be working during the day time hours, she will be looked over by the director of the camp but mostly by the other adults and older children living in this camp.

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Eighteen Year Old Laborer
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

A young garment worker apprehensively states she is 18 years old. She has been at this camp for a couple of years and comes from the city of Rangpur.

She lives alone, separated from her parents, 1 brother and 5 sisters.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 28
Maldonado, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
26 Jan 2014

Franco (18) and Helena Maria (2) came from poor rural families to be adopted by Daniel M. (52) and Walter MA (38), activists in the LGBT community who have been adopting underprivileged children at the biological parents' behest.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 29
Maldonado, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
26 Jan 2014

Daniel M. (52) and Walter MA (38) have the biggest homosexual family in Latin America. After 20 years as a couple, they have adopted four children: Franco, Mayara, Maria Pia and Helena Maria. The children arrived from poor families where they couldn't survive. In these last 20 years, desperate mothers have asked to Walter and Daniel to adopt their children. "They're not Desaparecidos!" Daniel says, "they have constant contact with their biological families". Daniel and Walter have been active in the LGBT community in Latin America for 25 years. Today, adoption by same-sex couples is legal in 16 countries, including Uruguay.

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Ukrainian Protests 16
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
04 Dec 2013

A couple during anti-government parade at Plac Svobody.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Couple in the sea
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Oct 2013

Iranian couple swimming together in the sea. Kish island, Iran.

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Roni Keidar and her husband hiding in...
Erez, israel
By javiervidela
16 Nov 2012

Every time the "Red Color" alarm sets off in the neighborhood, warning of a rocket sent from Gaza to the area, the couple have 15 seconds to hide in the shelter. A rocket crashed onto the house roof three weeks ago.

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Libya's Rebirth 15
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
11 Jul 2012

Students at Tripoli University on July 12, 2012.

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Homelessness in Texas (8 of 9)
Houston, Texas, USA
By dennisyermoshin
24 Dec 2009

A homeless married couple, Donna and Henry pose for a portrait in downtown Houston, on Christmas Eve, 2009. Donna is originally from California and Henry from Connecticut.

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Dervishes of Prizren 25
Prizren, Kosovo
By Michele Pero
18 Apr 2009

Prizren, Kosovo. Rufaì sekt. Fakir dervishes celebrating the Newroz (Nevruz), the beginning of the new year with fakirism rituals. Playing drums to get trance before piercing.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 14
Ilakaka, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Night club in Ilakaka which is the center of the Sapphire trade and with so much money floating around, people have traveled from across the country in search of their slice of Illakakas wealth. Many women come to Ilakaka and start working as prostitutes, hoping to find foreigners or middlemen in nightclubs.

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Iraqi terrorist woman in Jordan 01
Amman
By AmmarParis
14 Nov 2005

Jordanian authorities announce on November 13, 2005 that Iraqi Sajeda Mubarak Atrous Al- Rishawi, an Iraqi woman from al Ramadi was arrested as she was part of the 9th November commando but 'failed in her mission'. She showed he belt with the explosives and declared : 'On fifth Nov. 2005, I accompanied my husband to Jordan using an Iraqi fraud passport. We waited for a white car, when it came we got into the car and we also rented a flat, my husband had two explosive straps. I wore one and my husband wore the other, and he told me how to use it. On 9th of November we went to the hotel (Radisson SAS) and we entered the hotel, he took a corner and I took another, there was a wedding in the hotel, children, women and men. My Husband carried out the operation, and I tried to blow up my self but I couldn't. People began to run away from the hotel and I ran with them.' Photo Transterra Media

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Iraqi terrorist woman in Jordan 02
Amman
By AmmarParis
14 Nov 2005

Jordanian authorities announce on November 13, 2005 that Iraqi Sajeda Mubarak Atrous Al- Rishawi, an Iraqi woman from al Ramadi was arrested as she was part of the 9th November commando but 'failed in her mission'. She showed he belt with the explosives and declared : 'On fifth Nov. 2005, I accompanied my husband to Jordan using an Iraqi fraud passport. We waited for a white car, when it came we got into the car and we also rented a flat, my husband had two explosive straps. I wore one and my husband wore the other, and he told me how to use it. On 9th of November we went to the hotel (Radisson SAS) and we entered the hotel, he took a corner and I took another, there was a wedding in the hotel, children, women and men. My Husband carried out the operation, and I tried to blow up my self but I couldn't. People began to run away from the hotel and I ran with them.' Photo Transterra Media

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Iraqi terrorist woman in Jordan 03
Amman
By AmmarParis
14 Nov 2005

Jordanian authorities announce on November 13, 2005 that Iraqi Sajeda Mubarak Atrous Al- Rishawi, an Iraqi woman from al Ramadi was arrested as she was part of the 9th November commando but 'failed in her mission'. She showed he belt with the explosives and declared : 'On fifth Nov. 2005, I accompanied my husband to Jordan using an Iraqi fraud passport. We waited for a white car, when it came we got into the car and we also rented a flat, my husband had two explosive straps. I wore one and my husband wore the other, and he told me how to use it. On 9th of November we went to the hotel (Radisson SAS) and we entered the hotel, he took a corner and I took another, there was a wedding in the hotel, children, women and men. My Husband carried out the operation, and I tried to blow up my self but I couldn't. People began to run away from the hotel and I ran with them.' Photo Transterra Media

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Iraqi terrorist woman in Jordan 04
Amman
By AmmarParis
14 Nov 2005

Jordanian authorities announce on November 13, 2005 that Iraqi Sajeda Mubarak Atrous Al- Rishawi, an Iraqi woman from al Ramadi was arrested as she was part of the 9th November commando but 'failed in her mission'. She showed he belt with the explosives and declared : 'On fifth Nov. 2005, I accompanied my husband to Jordan using an Iraqi fraud passport. We waited for a white car, when it came we got into the car and we also rented a flat, my husband had two explosive straps. I wore one and my husband wore the other, and he told me how to use it. On 9th of November we went to the hotel (Radisson SAS) and we entered the hotel, he took a corner and I took another, there was a wedding in the hotel, children, women and men. My Husband carried out the operation, and I tried to blow up my self but I couldn't. People began to run away from the hotel and I ran with them.' Photo Transterra Media

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Iraqi terrorist woman in Jordan 05
Amman
By AmmarParis
14 Nov 2005

Jordanian authorities announce on November 13, 2005 that Iraqi Sajeda Mubarak Atrous Al- Rishawi, an Iraqi woman from al Ramadi was arrested as she was part of the 9th November commando but 'failed in her mission'. She showed he belt with the explosives and declared : 'On fifth Nov. 2005, I accompanied my husband to Jordan using an Iraqi fraud passport. We waited for a white car, when it came we got into the car and we also rented a flat, my husband had two explosive straps. I wore one and my husband wore the other, and he told me how to use it. On 9th of November we went to the hotel (Radisson SAS) and we entered the hotel, he took a corner and I took another, there was a wedding in the hotel, children, women and men. My Husband carried out the operation, and I tried to blow up my self but I couldn't. People began to run away from the hotel and I ran with them.' Photo Transterra Media