Welcome to the Fridae newsletter. We've got all the latest news, events, reports, and interviews concering LGBT issues in Asia. Enjoy!
Malaysian, Nisha Ayub, amongst LGBT activists recognised by Human Rights Watch award
Nisha Ayub, who has championed the rights of transgender people in Malaysia for over a decade has received the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.
Membership Soars after launch of new Mobile Apps
Fridae has seen a sharp upturn in membership, following the launch of their new Android and Web Apps. On the day of the Android launch so many members came online that the website servers had to be upgraded to deal with the increased traffic.
Nepal issues first transgender passport
Nepal on Monday issued passport with ‘other’ category for gender as opposed to ‘male’ or ‘female’
Couples apply for same-sex marriage in Philippines
Two same-sex couples applied for marriage licences this week. They were promptly rejected by the government.
Gay US Ambassador to Vietnam and his husband
Over the last few months, US Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband Clayton Bond have become the most prominent gay couple in Vietnam.
LGBT annual spending power estimated at US$3.7 trillion
LGBT Capital, a specialist LGBT consumer sector financial analyst estimated the power of world-wide LGBT spending
Six stabbed at Jerusalem gay pride
A man has been arrested in Jerusalem after stabbing six people, injuring two seriously, at the annual gay pride parade.
George Takei explains why there were no gay characters on Star Trek
Famous actor and LGBT equality activist, George Takei, divulges more about diversity on Star Treck in latest Youtube clip
Top five LGBT films from Asia
We've rounded up some of our favourite LGBT movies from around Asia. Think we've missed something out? Comment below.
Watch: New Video from Andrew Christian, welcome His Majesty!
Andrew Christian's boys worship their new King in "the Coronation", his new and hot video!
Bisexuality - overlooked and misunderstood
Stasia de Tilly for Time Out Hong Kong meets three bisexuals to shed light on the often overlooked and misunderstood 'B' in LGBTI. Read the original article here.
Watch: China's first gay sitcom 'Rainbow Family'
Millions watch comedy show set in Beijing and likened to US hit Will & Grace