*X-Men characters lock lips for Marvel's first gay kiss.
*What would happen if three explosive devices were detonated at the Olympic Games? You'd hear about it. A lot. Yet only by trawling gay media outlets did I come to learn about the terrorist attacks on the Outgames in Copenhagan. An athlete describes what happened.
*Here's a clip of the opening ceremony...
*Uganda beefs up anti-gay laws.
*Human Rights Watch calls on Burundi "to reverse its law criminalising gay sex."
*India's Supreme Court may hear an appeal on the recent decriminalization of homosexual sex after all.
*Iraq: Fundamentalist militia are targeting homosexuals to signpost the fact that they remain powerful despite the US and Iraqi militaries' efforts to curtail them; at least 82 gay men have been murdered since December.
*Gay Iraqi refugees accuse US military of torturing, executing gay Iraqi civilians.
*So - just what's it really like being gay and Muslim?
*Albania to approve gay marriage. Homosexuality was illegal until 1995 in the predominantly Muslim country.
*UK: The Quakers vote to extend their marriage ceremony to same-sex couples - and call on the Government to change the law on gay marriage.
*The Anglican church could learn a thing or two from them...
*Australia today saw a National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage, with protests, rallies and illegal weddings in various capital cities. But the Australian Prime Minister isn't budging on the colony's gay marriage ban.
*The wedding of BBC children's presenter Andrew Robertson to his partner Craig Atkins is the cause of a tornado on the Isle of Lewis. Apparently.
*All this talk of gay marriage! These controversies! But what about basic rights - and protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.
*Everyone's Gay in Amsterdam!
*BT is the most gay-friendly company in the enitre world!
*Soulja boy tell 'em: "the British Army's official publication Soldier magazine shows Trooper James Wharton – openly gay – clad in his dress uniform, complete with Iraq medal, next to the headline Pride."
*No restrictions for this year's Belfast Gay Pride parade.
*London's annual Gay Sports Day will be held on 31st August; events include "a space hopper obstacle course, a drag relay, the handbag throw and the 50m mince." Here's last year's best bits:
(Isn't it funny when you spot someone in a random YouTube clip whom you once had ill-advised sex with. Or is that just me...)
*A Gay Council of Britain? Interesting piece on the "misrepresentation of gay people in the media, often by gay people themselves."
*The police don't like gays on TV.
*And these police are giving the media a field day; the gay police officers who became the first British same sex couple to have a baby through a relative are both married to other men! A murky tale of love, lies and handcuffs.
*The number of boys calling ChildLine about their sexuality has trebled in the last five years.
*And why anti-gay violence will get worse.
*The last giant Pinta island tortoise, aged 90 and said to be in his sexual prime, has finally come up with the goods. Dirty old man.
*Australia and the Pacific guilty of the mass extinction of animals and plants; 1200 bird species alone have become extinct in the Oceania region.
*At the other end of the spectrum, more than one million camels are eating the Australian outback; a planned cull will only match the animal's birthrate.
*Many commercial fish stocks are recovering - but 63 per cent of fish populations are still at unsustainable levels.
*That news will be no comfort to the rare fin whale wrapped around the bow of the Sapphire Princess. The cruise ship was returning from an Alaskan nature cruise.
*Fat cat BHP Billiton turns its back on the Orang-utans it promised to help; they'll likely be wiped out.
*Remember last week's story about the blind dog with guide dog? Here's the happy ending.
*This dog has been missing for 9 years. She was found 1,200 miles away from her original home in Brisbane.
*Pussy on a bus.
*Ants that get off on electricity.
*A US man decided to pray for his daughter to get well, instead of seeking medical help. This story demonstrates the very real danger of religion.
*The Chinese boy who drinks petrol. He wants to be a Transformer, you see. "For the five years that he was drinking fuel he turned stupid," his father apparently said. This is a picture of a random Chinese boy, otherwise this space would just have words in it:
*And since we're in a silly mood, how about the LA sperm bank that's offering celebrity look-a-like donors. Another reason why most people shouldn't be allowed to have babies.
*President Obama shares a beer with race-card playing moron Professor Henry Louis Gates and the white police officer who lacks the status and authority of the two rich and powerful black men. Now remind me, who's the victim here?
*Now how about some genuine racism? Ladies and gentleman, the insanity and enduring racism of the American right. (And it is.)
*Zimbabwe allows the BBC and CNN back after an eight year ban.
*Zimbabwe's blood diamonds.
*The FINA World Championships in Rome; in pictures.
*An Asian man in Manchester who referred to police officers as 'white redneck hooligans' is found guilty of making racist remarks. "You demonstrated towards the officers hostility based on their membership of a racial group," the judge told him.
*The government will target white, working-class estates in an effort to steer them away from the far-right.
*Our future Prime Minister shows his true colours. Pathetic accidentally-on-purpose attempt to appear cool.
*It's time to remove the threat of legal action against those who assist with euthanasia.
*12,000 independent shops and 7,000 branches of major chains have already closed this year in England and Wales. Some 560 shops once part of collapsed chain Woolworths still sit empty.
*Flagship youth jail is a holiday camp: plasma TVs, Nintendo Wii and a choice of seat covers for the toilets in prisoner's ensuite bathrooms.
*A man who used a compact mirror to look up women's skirts on London Underground escalators is sent to jail for a year. The judge told him, "You must get a grip on yourself."
*Robin Hood Gardens (right) - an architectural masterpiece (video)?
*London needs another two million trees to combat climate change.
*The oldest pot plant in the world.
*Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth played host to a sexual health worker on Tuesday.
*SUPERGAY! London's bank holigay weekend party "where breeders pay and faggots get in free."
*Alaska's biggest tundra fire.
*The world will heat up faster than predicted in the next 5 years.
*On the bright side, Earth is unlikely to be obliterated by a comet. That's alright then.
*Boffins have created a living computer from E. coli bacteria.
*Synthetic glass leaves that generate electricity.
*And then there's the fire-fighting robots. I prefer them with charcoal smeared faces and muscles, myself.
*Its ok 2 txt: "Texting those who couldn't be there lets everyone feel they're part of a larger social network."
*Skunk cannabis can cause psychosis in healthy people.
*Tanning beds cause cancer. The risks increase 75 per cent when
*Car exhausts spew out particles that kill some 3,000 Londoners a year.
*17 per cent of gay men in Chicago are HIV-positive.
*Oliver is perfectly healthy, but for 20 days he'll take two different HIV drugs. Welcome to the world of the professional lab rat.
*Red wine increases women's sexual desire. That information is of no use to me, but maybe you can drop it into conversation sometime.
*And whilst we're at it, you can use this little nugget too: blinking means we lose 6 seconds of information every minute.
*Paracetamol can easily cause permanent - even fatal - liver damage. The US Food and Drug Administration wants to ban it from prescription drugs.
*Exquisite Bodies, a new exhibition in London showcasing the Victorian approach to medical teaching.
*Michael Jackson's hope and ruin.
*Michael Jackson's child-sized porcelain doll, with dress, with whom he slept.
*Michael Jackson's false nose. It's missing, too.
*Mika having a technicolor tantrum in his boxers.
*JLS get their tits out in Leeds. Sigh.
*"Circumstantial homosexuality" in the new Sherlock Holmes film.
*Plastic face Rupert "I haven't had any work done" Everett's unpleasant comments (see last weeks edition) get him sacked.
*What's your TV show of the noughties?
*Joan Rivers freaks out on the set of her Comedy Central Roast. Brilliant.
*This year's Big Brother is the least watched of any of its 10 series.
*Sree Dasari, who was evicted from the Big Brother house last month, was rushed to hospital after slashing his wrists. He was said to have become distressed whilst watching the show. I blame Noirin.
*Dancing queens: a gay and transgendered dance crew will feature on Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew. Vogue Evolution aims bring vogue and ball culture to the mainstream:
*The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have released their third annual Network Responsibility Index; HBO tops the list: "virtually all non-sports original HBO series included LGBT content."
*A show reel of all the gay bits from a week of college frat house soap opera Greek.
*Roseanne dresses up as Hitler and makes gingerbread Jews.
*Doctor Who is officially the most successful sci-fi series of all time.
*Doctor Who is covered in the Radio Times (right). I'm starting to like the new TARDIS exterior.
*Ricky Whittle imitates the Beckham (yawn) Armani campaign. Of the tedious footballer, Whittle said, "I'm not being funny but even I'd go there!"
*Skills you might not have thought of: condom snorting (video). Think I'll give that one a miss.
*Aspray. It does what it says on the tin.
*A house made of Lego. Each full sized brick requires 272 Lego blocks.
*Furniture held together using ratchet straps in tension.
*Minor British Institutions: seaside rock.
*51 Conspiracy Theories That Don’t Exist But Should.
*Mark Leduc, the openly gay Olympic boxer, 1962-2009.
*Gayatri Devi, the last queen of India, 1919-2009.
*Michael Summerton, one of the original Daleks, 1943-2009.
On the cover: The photography of Alan Chaves.
"You know, we might just as well not have bothered to come. The whole thing's been ridiculous."