Newsletter Issue 697
Feb 24, 2016

Welcome to the Fridae Newsletter. We've got all the latest news, events, reports, and interviews concerning LGBT issues in Asia. Enjoy!


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Catholic Church in Singapore urges boycott of Madonna concert

Religious groups in Singapore, led by the city-state's archbishop, have been lobbying against the Queen of Pop's concert this month



Tokyo lawmaker says being gay is 'personal taste'

A member of the Suginami Municipal Assembly in Tokyo has said that lesbian, gay and bisexual people do not deserve the support of municipal governments



Anti-gay sentiment continues in Indonesia

Attitudes towards LGBT in Indonesia have taken a downward spiral in the last month.



Manny Pacquiao apologizes for homophobic comments, is dropped by sponsor Nike

After labeling homosexual couples worse than animals earlier this week, the Philippine boxer eventually apologized for his comments



Indonesian senior minister speaks out for LGBT community

After a slew of government measures against LGBT in Indonesia, high-ranking government official Luhut Panjaitan said LGBT have rights and must be protected.



Social workers in Singapore not trained to deal with LGBT issues

Reports reveal that three quarters of social workers in Singapore said they have not had any training on LGBT issues. But one group is doing something to change that.



LGBT community call for boycott of Chinese film over misleading trailer

Chinese romance movie Run for Love has angered filmgoers expecting a lesbian storyline


Watch: Best of Yangon's LGBT film festival 2016

Yangon's &Proud LGBT film festival wrapped up at the end of last month, but you we've highlighted some of the films on show for you to enjoy.


Korean-American Actor Joe Seo picks up award for role in Spa Night

Seo plays a closeted teen in LA in Spa Night, the first feature-length film by Andrew Ahn


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