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Children of Lesbians Have Fewer Behavioral Problems

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that children raised in lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted, and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers. It followed 78 lesbian couples over the past 25 years. Dr. Nanette Gartrell, author of the study, was surprised by the results. She said, “I would have anticipated the kids would be doing as well as the normative sample. I didn’t expect better.”

Study Says Gay Men Are Thinner, Lesbians More Overweight

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that gay men are leaner and lesbians more overweight than their heterosexual counterparts. Researchers, looking at a sample of more than 67,000 participants, found that only 14 percent of the gay men were obese, compared with 21 percent of straight men; 26 percent of the lesbians were obese, compared with only 17 percent of straight women. The study also discovered that gays and lesbians were more likely to smoke than their heterosexual counterparts.

World News

Brazil Holds “World’s Biggest” Gay Parade

Organizers of the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, state that this year’s event drew more than three million participants, making it the largest gay pride parade in the world. The theme was “Vote Against Homophobia.” Started in 1997, the parade is financed by the state government, with sponsorship from Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras.

Lesbian Couple Celebrates Portugal’s First Gay Marriage

The Associated Press reports that a lesbian couple has celebrated Portugal’s first same-sex marriage ceremony since the country legalized marriage for same-sex couples. The couple, both of whom are in their 30s, have been together since 2003. Their wedding took place at a Lisbon registry office.

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