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04/19/2007


Meet Brazil's Hottest Subway Security Guard: PHOTOS

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Meet William Leon (or as they say in Portuguese Guilherme Leão). He is an unfortunately straight, 176 pound, 22-year-old subway security guard in Sao Paulo, Brazil who stands 6 feet tall with green eyes. He recently become an internet heartthrob after being voted as the “hottest subway guard” in a cheeky workplace promotion.

The company that hired him said, “Our custodians of the subway are not only beautiful they are trained in immobilization techniques, first aid and care to the public."

Since winning the contest, he has told reporters, “I’m not able to work because of harassment: ask me for photos, autographs, interviews. [They’re even able] to recognize me out of uniform!"

He has also reportedly worked in China for a brief while as a model. If you want to, you can continue drooling over him at both of his Instagram accounts.

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Sao Paulo Skateboard Gang Arrested for Murder of Gay Teen

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Police in Sao Paulo, Brazil have arrested a 'gang of skateboarders' who they believe have been involved in a series of attacks and robberies on gay men, International Business Times reports:

The six suspects, aged between 16 and 23, confessed to killing 18-year-old Bruno Borges de Oliveira above), police said.

De Oliveira died of injuries suffered during a brutal early-morning mugging in central Sao Paulo. He was stripped of his shoes, mobile phone, and public transport ticket before being punched, kicked and repeatedly hit on the head with a skateboard. He was on his way home after a night out in the famous LGBT Frei Caneca Street. Friends fled the assault and alerted police.

"When we came back he was already dead," one friend, who has not been named, told G1 Globo website.

In mid-January we reported on a similar incident in which a 17-year-boy was found dead and brutally beaten after leaving a gay club.

IB Times adds:

Police said that the gang had previously targeted homosexuals. The skateboarders allegedly carried out a series of dawn raids against people leaving gay nightclubs in recent weeks.

"They chose their victims for being gay," police spokesman Ruy Ferraz Fontes told Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. "They stole the victim's belongings as part of a ritual of humiliation."

On the same night that De Oliveira was killed, at least another three people were mugged by the gang, police said.


Brazilian Television Had its First Gay Male Kiss Last Night: VIDEO

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Two men kissed for the first time on Brazilian TV on Friday in Amor à Vida, a soap opera produced by Rede Globo, the country's largest network, as the result of a campaign on social media.

The kiss took place between the show's closeted villain, Felix (Matthew Solano), who redeemed himself in the eyes of the audience and came together with Niko (Thiago Fragoso) after Felix's father suffered a stroke and they decided that their lives would be better together rather than apart.

Back in 2005, hunky soap star Bruno Gagliasso filmed a gay kiss that was supposed to have aired on the popular soap América, but the scene was cut from the broadcast.

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Family Suspects Gay Bashing in Brutal Death of Teen in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The family of a 17-year-old whose body was found near a bridge less than a mile from the stadium where the World Cup will be hosted in downtown Sao Paulo is disputing police reports that call the teen's death a suicide, saying the details are far too gruesome for that to be the case.

KaiqueFamily members and friends believe that Kaique Augusto Batista dos Santos, who was found badly bruised all over his body and with his teeth pulled and injuries from an iron rod in his leg, was the victim of a gay bashing.

They said they believe gangs are responsible. Said Kaique's sister Tayna:

“These thugs enjoy beating and torturing with their bare hands and they are please to take the lives of homosexuals. He had bruises to his head and was probably kicked to death.”

Police told the family that because of overcrowding at the morgue the teen's body was not kept properly and that the state of the corpse was due to decomposition and not a beating. The body was reportedly not kept properly for several days.

Kaique had attended a party at a gay nightclub before he disappeared and his wallet and cell phone were taken. A vigil for the teen is scheduled to take place on Friday evening and more than a thousand people have said they will attend.


Tom Daley Inspires Top Brazilian Diver Ian Matos to Come Out as Gay

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Tom Daley has been cited as inspiration for top Brazilian diver Ian Matos to come out of the closet in an interview with the newspaper Correia, Outsports reports:

"From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality," said Matos, 24, now living in Rio de Janiero.

He said a friend advised him to stay closeted until after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but Matos said the pressure of hiding boyfriends, avoiding gay parties and not being himself proved too much. He said he hoped that coming out would not impact his ability to be a successful diver and not cost him any potential sponsorship.


130 Couples Marry in Mass Gay Wedding in Rio de Janeiro: VIDEO

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In Brazil on Sunday, approximately 130 gay couples married in a mass wedding, as same-sex marriage became legal in the city/state of Rio de Janeiro. 14 of Brazil's 27 states have legalized same-sex marriage.

RioAFP reports:

In mid-May, Brazilian courts determined that public offices that oversee marriages cannot reject gay couples, even though Brazil's national congress has passed no law on the matter. Some public offices had already been accepting marriage applications from homosexual couples, while others denied them.

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