New Initiative Improves Health Behaviors of Lesbian, Bisexual Women

(EDGE) Lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of obesity, smoking and stress when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. For the study, 266 participants enrolled in pilot programs that took place in Missouri, California, New York and Washington, DC. Each program enrolled lesbian and bisexual women ages 40 and older who were overweight. Participants were involved in weekly group meetings, nutrition education and physical activity. The five pilot programs were developed based on feedback from community focus groups of lesbian and bisexual women. Each program used either a pedometer, gym membership or mindfulness-approach to help participants achieve healthier habits. Participants completed pre- and post-intervention surveys to measure their progress. • More than 95 percent of participants nationwide achieved at least one of the health objectives identified by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. • Nearly 60 percent of participants increased their weekly physical activity minutes by 20 percent. • Forty percent of participants cut their consumption of alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages in half. • Twenty-nine percent of participants decreased their waist-to-height ratios by 5 percent. For more information, visit


‘From This Day Forward’ Documentary Explains Growing Up with a Trans Father

(EDGE) Director Sharon Shattuck explains growing up with a trans father in the documentary "From This Day Forward." Through a series of old home movies and photos, and modern day interviews with her still-married parents and sister, Shattuck tells of learning in middle school that her stay-at-home landscape architect, painter, and musician dad was hiding his cross-dressing. The family then moved to Michigan, where dad became Trisha and underwent cosmetic (but not gender reassignment) surgeries and hormone injections. The kids were mortified when the name change had to be announced in the local newspaper. The family lost close friends; some even moved away. Trisha prefers feminine pronouns, although continues to wear both men's and women's clothing, and describes "being on a fence, a tightrope, hard to straddle." Although they never divorced, mom Marcia sometimes feels disoriented because she's not attracted to the feminine. But the couple is still intimate. The film focuses on whether Trisha will wear a suit or a dress to Sharon's wedding. Trisha says, "I don't think I will ever resolve my transgender being. I'm fluid about my gender presentation. I'm trying to get by with having this ongoing conversation." For information on screenings, visit


Game of Thrones Actress Reveals Pansexual Character

Gemma Whelan, actress behind Game of Throne’s Yara Greyjoy, revealed in an interview with Vulture that her character is pansexual. The publication asked Whelan whether she thought her character was a lesbian or bisexual. After all, Yara passionately made out with a woman during her time on the Game of Thrones series. “There's a new saying going around, ‘pansexual,’ which means if she's up for it ... I think she says, ‘I'm up for anything,’” the actress replied. “That's her ethos. I don't think she swings any way in particular, other than the way she feels at the time. She's just open-minded, which fits the character perfectly.” Not only is she pansexual, but Whelan also revealed *SPOILER* that there may be a possible future romance between her character and Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke. “We get the idea, we get the cut of each other's jib quite quickly, and we like the size of each other — what we have to say, what we both stand for, is appealing,” she said in the interview. “Not necessarily in a sexual way, but in the way that power is attractive, and it's something we both want to achieve, and we can do it together.”