• Tonight, as I throw this article together, they're deciding Mister Brasil 2010 in São Paulo, with the winner representing Brazil at the Mister World 2010 pageant in Korea on 27th March. Interesting to note that not one of the 33 finalists looks to have "native or African roots", as one Made In Brazil commentator puts it.
• OutHipHop.com interviews Verbal Science, a Florida-based rapper who came out towards the end of last year.
• Kid Cudi kissed by a boy: doesn't care. Watch and learn, Bust
• And here he is on the cover of hip-hop magazine Scene...
• Married couple Tom Norton and Bao Nguyen: survivors of the Vietnam War.
• Hell hath no fury like a queen scorned... In America, you don't just hang your dirty laundry in public - you parade it on court TV for the whole country to enjoy:
• Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ.
• Beards: A girl's guide to her boyfriend's sexual orientation.
• Male nurse fired for hosting a Wet Jockey Shorts Night - in 1976.
• Las Vegas Taxi cops told to treat gays like they have infectious diseases.
• In The Life, a new documentary series examining bullycide.
• Uganda: Activists deliver a petition to parliament, signed by nearly half a million people from around the world, opposing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
• Uganda: The blog of "gay porn" pastor Martin Ssempa. He describes the delivery of the petition by a "group of pro-sodomy gangsters". Sounds hot!
• Uganda: Scout Association UK is the latest body to come out against the bill. Writing to Peter Tatchell at Outrage!, chief executive Derek Twine says, "We find the Bill not only discriminatory and contrary to the sanctity of life, but also completely incompatible with our interpretation of the values of our worldwide Scouting Movement."
• Malawi police hunt "gay personalities".
• "Immoral, offensive and going against nation-building." South African minister Lulu Xingwana (left) gets hot and bothered about Zanele Muholi's photos of nude lesbian couples. Twat.
• Elsewhere in South Africa, schoolgirls involved in same-sex relationships have reportedly been expelled from school.
• Cyprus: The island is the latest place to consider implementing gay marriage. But the Republic's human rights record isn't squeaky clean, with question marks over human trafficking, freedom of speech and the mistreatment of immigrant workers from developing countries.
• Christian pastors in the Caribbean are unhappy about a gay cruise ship coming to their islands.
• Lithuania enacts its controversial "Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information". The law restricts the distribution of information relating to the LGBT community.
• Russia: GAY: Good As You, a new gay magazine, is launched at Club 6A, the only gay club in Minsk. "Unfortunately, the authorities have refused to register our magazine, making it unofficial –and preventing us from printing more than 299 copies, according to the law," Chief-editor Sergey Praded says.
• Germany, Europe's largest economy, banned 11 dancehall albums between 2008 and January this year due to homophobic content.
• France is the first country in the world to remove transsexualism from official list of mental disorders.
• Kristian Digby: The latest celebrity to die as a result of auto-erotic asphyxiation?
• Confusing censoring with censuring: The complaints commission's ruling on Jan Moir and Stephen Gately suggests the Press Complaints Commission does not understand its own role.
• "I'm gay and these people claim they can cure me. Now I'm gay - and furious." Declan Cashin writes about the gay conversion controversy in Ireland.
• Scotland: Most LGBT people victim of hate crimes, but just one in seven go to the police.
• Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe on his work with The Trevor Project: "I grew up knowing a lot of gay men and it was never something that I even thought twice about — that some men were gay and some weren't. And then I went to school and (for) the first time... I came across homophobia. I had never encountered it before. It shocked me. I have always hated anybody who is not tolerant of gay men or lesbians or bisexuals. Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it."
• Should London's "leading academic institution", King’s College, have hosted a talk by radical anti-gay Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick?
• Dean Atta talks about the GayAfrica event held in London on Sunday (see John R. Gordon's article about that here):
• Rio, in pictures, by photojournalist Custódio Coimbra.
• Aborigines to sue British Government over nuclear tests.
• Trolley dolly cat fight! Or mile high handbags at dawn...
• A day in the life of New York City, in miniature...
• The Big Picture: Chile, three days later, left and right (37 pictures).
• The boy with no pores who is developing "fish" scales.
• The boy with the arms, legs and buttocks of a parasitic twin protruding from his chest; the child's family are desperate for an operation to remove the parasitic twin.
• Boffins have decided coffee is good for our hearts...
• ...and taking painkillers will make us deaf.
• Why shouldn't keep your toothbrush near your toilet (in case you didn't already know).
• Illegal instant HIV self-tests sold on UK websites.
• What's the difference between adrenalin-driven self-preservation and conscience-driven self-sacrifice? The answer lies with the disasters that sunk the Titanic and Lusitania.
• More stranded polar bears.
• Bears, lynx and wolves, oh my!
• Is nothing scared? Mating kingfishers.
• A decade of catastrophic earthquakes.
• Here's a huge big photo of the planet courtesy of the boffins at NASA. It's so detailed you can see right into the windows of the CocoDorm, if you look closely enough.
• Ditch the phone book, save the planet!
• OMG! iPad panic!
• Tell Me More, the news aggregator that "presents only fresh details, without repeating information in the original story".
• Google: good or evil?
• Google Chrome gains; Firefox, IE lose.
• Vitus Bering Innovation Park (right), by Danish architects C. F. Møller.
• Rah! N-Dubz heavy London accents and "urban slang" confuse Americans. Get me blud?
• Maybe a makeover could help?
• Lemar's hit'n'miss...
• And an interview with the smokey-voiced London lovely.
• JLS do Belfast.
• "Since I was a little kid, I've been telling stories and hip-hop has actually been an extension of me telling stories which I kinda put it in a more traditional form as far as a book, it's always been kinda the plan." Lupe Fiasco on his forthcoming novel.
• Who's that guy on a horse?
• Former EastEnders actor Mohammed George has spoken about his departure from the BBC soap. "It was like having a noose around my neck, I couldn't breathe. I pleaded for help and broke down more than once but they did not want to help me. When I look back there were times I was so low I could have topped myself. I felt like I did not want to live. Depression is one of the worst things you can go through in life. I've seen them support so many people through drink and drug problems, so they could easily have supported me too."
• Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child; trailer, and rant.
• Is Ghostbusters 3 on or off?
• Bel Ami is full of sex. (It's not what you think.)
• "For advice on confessing, press one. To confess, press two. To listen to some confessions, press three." Really.
• They're talking about me...
• Lastly, how the Olympic pictograms have changed over the years.
Issue 53 of The News According To Garçon Stupide
covers the period 27th February-2nd March 2010.
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"You know, we might just as well not have bothered to come.
The whole thing's been ridiculous."