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Study Finds Bisexual Men More Prone to Eating Disorders than Gay or Straight Men

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A University of California San Francisco study finds that bisexual men are more likely to suffer from eating disorders than heterosexual or gay men.

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  • Over the past few years, scientists have been studying the prevalence of eating disorders within the LGBTQ+ community. A 2018 study by the National Eating Disorder Association found that more than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer young people between the ages of 13 and 24 have been diagnosed with an eating disorder at some point in their life.
  • However, just last month, a study published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders found that bisexual men are even more susceptible to unhealthy eating habits. The study sampled over 4,500 LGBTQ adults, who were examined via a questionnaire to determine their history of eating disorders. Overall, 3.2 percent of bisexual males had been clinically diagnosed with eating disorders, compared to 2.9 percent of gay men.
  • A quarter of bisexual men reported having fasted for more than eight hours for aesthetic purposes, compared to 20% of gay men. 80% of bisexual men reported that they “felt fat,” and 77% had a strong desire to lose weight, compared to 79% and 75% of gay men, respectively.
  • Dr. Jason Nagata, a professor of pediatric medicine at UCSF, discovers something else from the findings that suggest scientists should reconsider the way they study the health of the LGBTQ+ community. “Prior studies on eating disorders in sexual minority men have grouped gay and bisexual men together, so it was difficult to understand the unique characteristics in bisexual men,” he says, referring to the need to conduct eating disorder research on various sexual identities independently.

Putting the results into context tells us that perhaps stress among marginalized groups are the cause of these health issues. “LGBTQ people experience stigma and discrimination, and stressors can definitely lead to disordered eating,” Nagata said. “For bi men, they’re not just facing stigma from the straight community but from the gay community, as well.”

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White House Website Allows Users to Specify Pronouns for First Time

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As soon as President Biden was sworn into office, major changes came to the White House Website.

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  • The day President Joe Biden was sworn in, the White House website was updated to allow visitors to specify what pronouns they use. LGBTQ advocates see the change as a small but symbolic example of the Biden administration reaching out to transgender and nonbinary Americans.

  • On Wednesday, the contact form at WhiteHouse.gov added a drop-down menu with pronoun options, including “she/her,” “he/him,” and “they/them.” Users can also select “other” and write in their own selections or indicate they “prefer not to share” their pronouns. The list of prefixes has also been updated to include the gender-neutral “Mx.” along with “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” and “Ms.”

  • Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, former White House LGBTQ liaison under the Obama administration and the first openly transgender person to work as a White House staffer, said, “It’s truly wonderful to see the White House so sensitively and prominently signal inclusion.”

“Allowing visitors, whether transgender, nonbinary or cisgender-identified, to indicate their preferred pronouns when visiting the home of President Biden, demonstrates the kind of welcoming place 1600 Pennsylvania will now be for all Americans,” Freedman-Gurspan told NBC News.

  • The site now includes a Spanish language version of the White House’s communications, a page that went dark when former President Donald Trump took office. The relaunch came the same day President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of office. Harris is now the first female, first Black, and first South Asian vice president.

This is a small step that President Joe Biden and his administration have already taken after being in office for one day.

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Jay-Z Creates $10 Million Fund to Help Increase Minority-Owned Cannabis Companies

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Jay-Z is investing in minority-owned cannabis companies. He wants to help those minorities who have missed out on the marijuana industry.

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  • Jay-Z has raised $10 million to invest in minority-owned cannabis businesses. The funds are a byproduct of the industry’s largest-ever SPAC merger. The legendary rapper – real name Sean Carter – told The Wall Street Journal he was motivated by the imbalance in the marijuana business, where people of color have been disproportionately punished for illegal use of the drug. Carter also highlighted that those same individuals make up just a small number of those who make money from the legal cannabis industry.

“We were the ones most negatively affected by the war on drugs, and America has turned around and created a business from it that’s worth billions,” Carter told the WSJ.

  • The rapper and entrepreneur said he is motivated by an imbalance in the marijuana business: People of color, who have been disproportionately punished for involvement in the drug where it is illegal, comprise only a small number of those making money from the multibillion-dollar market in legalized weed.
  • In the 25 years since California first legalized medical marijuana, cannabis has grown into a $20 billion legal business in the country that could surpass the $70 billion market for U.S. wine by 2030, according to an estimate by the New York investment bank Cowen & Co. Mr. Carter, who is starting his fund with $10 million in seed money received as part of a merger, joins a broader push for equitable economic opportunity in the cannabis sector, as studies show that minorities have been punished more than whites for using drugs.
  • Markets Insider reported that $10 million Carter now has to invest is the result of a recent acquisition made by a SPAC called Subversive Capital Acquisition of two California-based cannabis companies: CMG Partners Inc. and Left Coast Ventures Inc. Carter also recently launched his own cannabis line, called Monogram. According to a report, the resulting entity has been named The Parent Company, which completed its qualifying transaction last week and is now the largest vertically integrated cannabis operation in California.
  • On top of the initial $10 million investment, The Parent Company will provide Carter’s fund another 2% of net income in each subsequent year. Along with his involvement in the fund, Carter was named the chief visionary officer of The Parent Company.

The Social Equity Ventures fund will donate up to $1 million to each cannabis startup it chooses to back. It will be run by Jay-Z and Roc Nation’s CEO, Desiree Perez.

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Kamala Harris Nephew-In-Law Stole the Show at Inauguration with A Pair of Dior Jordan 1s

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Nikolas Ajagu, the husband of Harris' niece Meena, was spotted by eagle-eyed viewers sporting a pair of Dior Air Jordan 1 sneakers during the 59th presidential inauguration this morning (He's shown above with his two daughters.) (GETTY IMAGES)

With the world watching on as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office Wednesday, it was the new Vice President’s nephew-in-law who caught social media’s attention after being seen descending the Capitol steps in a costly pair of sneakers.

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  • Nikolas Ajagu, the partner of Harris’ niece Meena, was spotted by eagle-eyed viewers sporting a pair of Dior Air Jordan 1 sneakers during the 59th presidential inauguration.
  • Only 8,500 pairs of the shoes were created as part of a collaboration between Dior and Jordan last year, and all sold out instantly at their retail price of $2,200. They now sell for up to as much as $10,000 on resale sites.
  • Sneaker enthusiasts first spotted the ultra-rare kicks while Sen. Amy Klobuchar delivered a speech moments before Biden was given the oath of office.

  • The discovery provoked an online investigation to identify the man behind the bold fashion statement, in addition to motivating a multitude of memes and humorous pieces of comments along the way.

  • ‘Had no idea the Department of Drip fell under the Executive Branch,’ one observer thought. Others called Ajagu, who in his late 30s and works as head of global partnerships at Facebook, as the man who ‘dared to drip.’
  • Ajagu’s identity was ultimately exposed by his wife Meena after streetwear brand owner Bobby Kim tweeted her to ask: ‘Is Nik wearing the Dior 1s?’

  • ‘Yes, smh [so much hate],’ she responded.
  • As Ajagu’s shoes began trending on Twitter, Meena shared a laugh about her husband’s newfound fame, tweeting: ‘I step away from Twitter for less than an hour for the inauguration ceremony, and Nik’s shoes are #1 trending?????’

Ajagu was widely recognized as the man who ‘dared to drip’ at the inauguration across Twitter. Others called his bold wardrobe choice a ‘defining moment in black history.’

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