"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DAYS OF LOT: Hong Kong to become first Asian city to host Gay Games

DAYS OF LOT: Hong Kong to become first Asian city to host Gay Games 
Hong Kong has been awarded the 2022 Gay Games, beating competition from cities in the US and Mexico to become the first Asian location to host the event.
The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) announced in Paris on Monday that Hong Kong will host the 2022 games, with the city’s bid defeating offers from Guadalajara and Washington, DC.

The Gay Games is a sports and cultural event which began life as the Gay Olympics in San Francisco in 1982. Next year’s games – the 10th edition – will take place in Paris. Participants at the games do not have to be gay.
The step to award the 2022 games to an Asian city is seen as a boost for the gay rights movement in the region, and a sign that attitudes towards the LGBT community may be changing there.
“This is a big step forward for Hong Kong itself to be able to win this world game... and it is also a big step for diversity inclusion,” said Alfred Chan, the chairman of the city’s Equal Opportunities Commission, according to Reuters.
The games are expected to draw more than 15,000 participants and provide a potential boost of $128 million boost to the local economy, the bid team said in a statement, Reuters reports.
While many welcomed the move, Hong Kong itself has laws that many consider discriminatory towards the LGBT community. There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexuality, and gay marriage is not recognized.
The Hong Kong government said in a statement to Reuters that it is “committed to promoting equal opportunities and fostering in the community the culture and values of inclusiveness and mutual respect."

New ‘knockout game’ incidents leave US residents terrified

New ‘knockout game’ incidents leave US residents terrified
New incidents of the so-called “knockout game,” where “players” walk up to strangers and sucker punch them in the face, renewed fears among New York and Pennsylvania residents that the cruel prank was making a comeback. Two separate incidents in New York City and Pittsburgh reported last week showed a woman and man being knocked out. The 43-year-old man was pummeled near the Shake Shack in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, the New York Post reported. The
unidentified attacker then snapped a photo of himself with the injured man before fleeing the scene. A woman in Pittsburgh was also the victim of a “knockout” incident caught on surveillance video more than a month ago, KDKA reported Friday. The unidentified man kicked the woman’s leg and punched her in the face before walking away. Instead of helping the injured woman on the ground, passersby then snapped a photo of her. READ MORE

Federal Judge Blocks Trump From Banning Transgenders From Military…

Federal Judge Blocks Trump From Banning Transgenders From Military…
A federal judge on Monday barred President Donald Trump’s administration from proceeding with plans to exclude transgender people from military service. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the transgender service members who had sued over Trump’s policy were likely to win their lawsuit. She directed a return to the situation that existed before Trump announced his new policy this summer, saying the administration had provided no solid evidence for why a ban should be
implemented. Trump had ordered a reinstatement of the longstanding policy that barred transgender individuals from joining the military; service members who were revealed to be transgender were subject to discharge. Under President Barack Obama, that policy was changed last year to allow transgender people to serve openly. The Trump administration may appeal Kollar-Kotelly’s decision, but for now, the proposed ban remains unenforceable under Kollar-Kotelly’s preliminary injunction. READ MORE


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