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Newsletter Issue 677
Jan 28, 2015

Happy 2015 from Fridae. We're bringing you all the latest and greatest for LGBT Asia. Don't forget to tell us what's going on in your area by uploading your own events in 'Agenda' or stay in touch by emailing editor@fridae.asia. 


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News / Features

"Being a homosexual is not a sin," says head of the Catholic Church in the Philippines

Archbishop Socrates Villegas' comments are in line with his superior Pope Francis who refuses to condemn gay people long considered sinful by his Church.


IGLHRC urges caution while reporting Islamic State extremists punishing gay people

"Widespread publicity potentially exposes their families, loved ones and intimate partners to harm," says the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.


Lesbian couple first to 'adopt' child in indigenous ceremony

The adoption ceremony held in traditional in Rukai culture is not known to have been held for a same-sex couple before.


Special jails for transgender and gay prisoners proposed in Vietnam

According to an official report, gay and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment from other inmates in prison.


Japan's gay community highly stratified by body type and age

Japanese gay media have promoted a gay identity linked to youth, masculinity and highly gym-trained bodies as being highly desirable, says a social researcher.


Nepal to issue passports for its third sex citizens

LGBT rights activists in Nepal say such recognition on passports would help tackle widespread discrimination they face within the Hindu-majority Himalayan country.


Visiting UN chief criticizes India for its anti-gay law

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon while in the Indian capital New Delhi said he "staunchly opposed the criminalization of homosexuality" as it violates basic rights.


Koreans go gaga over 'drag queen' musicals

Recent musicals have included very popular drag queen characters in one of the lead roles, lending to a new trend and successfully drawing out a curious audience.


Over half of Japan's 'abused' lesbians, trans* people have considered suicide, says survey

One of very few surveys pertaining to this group has revealed both a lack of understanding and the scarcity of support for such persons in Japan.


Watch | If Guys Acted In Real Life The Way They Do On Gay Apps

Whether you're looking for a relationship, new friends or a hot encounter, there are certain behaviors that have overstayed their welcome.

Jeffrey Tambor dedicates Golden Globe to Transgenders, hints at change in TV industry

Last weekend at the Golden Globe award ceremony, in an emotional speech, Jeffrey Tambor dedicated his Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Comedy to the trans community. NPR suggested that this was the beginning of a TV revolution.

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