Q&A on the News

Q: I believe I read recently that 35 percent of people in the Southeastern U.S. are gay, transgender or bisexual. I have to challenge that. What research can you find that supports or counters that?

—Al Cooper, Atlanta

A: A National Health Interview Survey released in July 2014 found that 96.6 percent of adults in the U.S. "identified" as being straight, 1.6 percent as gay or lesbian and 0.7 percent as bisexual. Another 1.1 percent of adults identified as "something else, stated 'I don't know the answer' or refused to provide an answer."

The survey was conducted throughout 2013 and included 34,557 adults, 18 years or older. The survey was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics.

Q: It seems years ago, I read that Fidel Castro practiced law in New York for about a year. I find no evidence of that. The only thing that I can find is that he spent time in New York on his honeymoon. Can you find out?

—Bill Barney, Atlanta

A: Castro never practiced law in New York, Jaime Suchlicki, a University of Miami professor and author of "Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond," told Q&A on the News in an email. He traveled in the U.S., including New York, for his honeymoon in 1948, and visited the city again in 1959, when he went to the Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium, and in 1960, for a speech at the United Nations.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).