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Adame, applying making up in Melody's salon in Dili. Adame has played with dolls since she was young and likes dressing as a woman. She has a girlfriend, always preferring the company of women. Generally her family accepts who she is, although sometimes her brothers express anger towards her. She is scared to have the operation that would make her physically a woman because of the horror stories she has heard of post-operative complications. Adame feels life for her was easier during the Indonesian occupation. During those times she felt she could walk freely at night and now she is worried about being discriminated against. She never wears skirts outside as she believes that people in Dili are not yet ready to accept this. One day she is hoping to have enough money to open her own hair salon.

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Adame, applying making up in Melody's salon in Dili. Adame has played with dolls since she was young and likes dressing as a woman. She has a girlfriend, always preferring the company of women. Generally her family accepts who she is, although sometimes her brothers express anger towards her. She is scared to have the operation that would make her physically a woman because of the horror stories she has heard of post-operative complications. Adame feels life for her was easier during the Indonesian occupation. During those times she felt she could walk freely at night and now she is worried about being discriminated against. She never wears skirts outside as she believes that people in Dili are not yet ready to accept this. One day she is hoping to have enough money to open her own hair salon.