Shinta Ratri is a Muslim transwoman (waria) who co-founded the Pondok Pesantren Waria, an Islamic boarding house for trans individuals based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the world’s only Islamic boarding house for transgender people. Pesantren Waria is a powerful and innovative Islamic boarding house created by and for trans persons. It accommodates the needs of trans individuals and creates a safe space for them to practice their religion and be who they are. Since 2016 there has been a marked increase in the severity and persistence of anti-LGBT+ rhetoric in Indonesia which has resulted in the LGBT+ community being the target of attacks. The boarding house was targeted by a mob and forced to close temporarily.