Newsletter Issue 684
Aug 21, 2015

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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.

Fridae News

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.

News Around the World

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

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