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News briefs: Bisexual health; folds; Same-sex couples get benefits

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Study: Bisexuals have worst health

In Texas, sociology professors at Rice University have found that bisexual individuals face higher health disparities than their gay, lesbian and straight counterparts.

The study says that several of these health issues stem from socioeconomic vulnerability in the bisexual community.

Lead author Bridget Gorman told The Advocate, "A big thing was emotional support." In addition, bisexual respondents also reported a higher propensity for smoking and using alcohol than straight or gay counterparts.

The original article is at shutting down Aug. 1

The site—the world's largest encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture—will close on Aug. 1 due to a lack of advertising revenue.

Founder/Publisher Andrew "Wik" Wikholm said in a statement, "While I am sorry to see something I and more than 350 other people have worked on so hard close, that closure comes at a time of unprecedented gains we all hoped for, especially the Supreme Court decisions that make it possible for American same-sex couples to marry in every state in the union.

"The encyclopedia was started to educate people about LGBT contributions to history and culture. When the encyclopedia launched in 2003, textbooks, teachers, and professors often minimized or concealed the sexual orientations and gender identities of important lesbian, gay and trans contributors to our culture. Many belittled Queer Theory as a fringe movement."

Wikholm added that "[m]ost of the credit belongs to the hundreds of contributors who spent many hours doing research and writing's entries. Granted the size of our honoraria, they worked for love, not money.

"The project is also indebted to ONE, Inc. for its financial support during the last year, and to Chris Freeman and Jim Berg who spearheaded their effort."

ONE, Inc., will archive's material.

Same-sex couples to get federal benefits

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has confirmed that same-sex couples—on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality nationwide—will receive federal benefits.

In a statement, she said, "I am proud to announce that the critical programs for veterans and elderly and disabled Americans, which previously could not give effect to the marriages of couples living in states that did not recognize those marriages, will now provide federal recognition for all marriages nationwide."

Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director David Stacy said in a separate release, "From Texas to Michigan and Montana to Florida, married same-sex couples across this country will finally have full access to federal benefits that had previously been denied them. We applaud Attorney General Lynch for her leadership in working to ensure these critical programs—from Social Security to veterans benefits—are finally extended to all legally married couples."

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