How bacteria are changing your mood

How bacteria are changing your mood

If anything makes us human it’s our minds, thoughts and emotions.

And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains.

Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us – our microbiome – affect our physical health.

But even conditions including depression, autism and neurodegenerative disease are now being linked to these tiny creatures.

We’ve known for centuries that how we feel affects our gut – just think what happens before an exam or a job interview – but now it is being seen as a two-way street.

Groups of researchers believe they are on the cusp of a revolution that uses "mood microbes" or "psychobiotics" to improve mental health. The study that ignited the whole concept took place at Kyushu University in Japan.The researchers showed that "germ-free" mice – those that never came into contact with microbes – pumped out twice the amount of stress hormone when distressed than normal mice.The animals were identical except for their microbes. It was a strong hint that the difference was a result of their micro-organisms."We all go back to that first paper for the first wave of neuroscientists […]

Meet the team behind Spotify’s viral music facts

Meet the team behind Spotify's viral music facts

Justin Bieber and Drake both feature heavily on Spotify’s Genius Behind the Lyrics You may have found yourself laughing as you scroll through the facts that pop up while you’re listening to music on Spotify.

And you’re not the only one – social media has lit up with thousands of users sharing their favourite Behind the Lyrics discoveries.

The service, by New York media company Genius, provides facts, lyrics and anecdotes about thousands of songs on the streaming service.

Genius team members have loved the anecdotes going viral, telling the BBC it’s "so much fun to see that people enjoy them".


John Ganz is the executive editor at Genius and oversees the whole operation.He says that he, and the rest of the team, haven’t had a chance to bask in their internet fame because they are "so busy working"."It’s easy to forget that people watch them [the Genius facts] constantly – at home, during their commute, and while they’re exercising," he says."On the other hand, I don’t want the fame to change who we are. This is crucial work and we need quiet and total isolation to do it," he adds in his trademark irreverent tone.One of the Genius editors, Kenneth […]

RuPaul is coming out with a make-up line and we all need it

RuPaul is coming out with a make-up line and we all need it

This is GREAT news | Photo: YouTube/Ms Mojo Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek — and now RuPaul. What do all these celebrities have in common? They all have fabulous make-up lines.

Make-up has never been something foreign to the world of drag queens. After all, all those transformations and amazing looks on Drag Race? It’s easy to covet those skills and looks.

RuPaul is teaming with US beauty company Mally Beauty to launch a brand new cosmetics line. The brand new announcement | Photo: Instagram @mallybeauty The line will consist of ten to twelve products.

It’s not the first time RuPaul has been involved in the make-up world (of course). In 1994, he had a major beauty campaign with MAC. You gotta love yourself

In a press release, founder Mally Roncal said : ‘Ru has always stayed true to who he is and unapologetically puts himself out there. He exemplifies self-acceptance and has inspired and taught millions of people to love themselves.’

She added this idea ‘seamlessly blends’ with Mally Beauty’s own mantra: ‘”What makes you different makes you beautiful!” I feel blessed to have the honour of working with RuPaul and have him connected to my brand.’As for RuPaul, he’s also […]

NBA Player wants rainbow jerseys to help bring LGBTQ into sports

NBA Player wants rainbow jerseys to help bring LGBTQ into sports

NBA player Reggie Bullock talking about his sister | Photo: YouTube/The Herd with Colin Cowherd Detroit Pistons player Reggie Bullock has a new idea for the NBA — rainbow jerseys.

Yesterday afternoon (22 April), he tweeted about a dream he had. Just woke up out a dream and thought about playing in a colored jersey to incorporate #LGBTQ into sports. @nba help me make it happen in my lifetime — Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) April 22, 2018 ‘Just woke up out a dream and thought about playing in a rainbow colored jersey to incorportate #LGBTQ into sports,’ he wrote. Then he tagged the NBA itself: ‘Help me make it happen in my lifetime.’

Playing with rainbow colored jerseys is nothing new. In soccer, it’s been a thing for years.

The National Basketball Association has also been making strides to become more inclusive. Last year, they teamed up with the advocacy group National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The partnership aims to help LGBTQ businesses work with the sports league.

They also have official t-shirts with rainbow team logos. Earlier this year, the Toronto Raptors hosted the first You Can Play game in the NBA, a night for LGBTQ fans. If anyone can […]

Fans educate Kehlani on LGBTQ terms and it becomes a great learning experience

Fans educate Kehlani on LGBTQ terms and it becomes a great learning experience

The singer was gracious with fans | Photo: YouTube/Calvin Harris The singer Kehlani has been out for years, but recently on Twitter, she experienced a moment of learning. It’s something that’s good for everyone to remember — even those who have been part of the community for years.

She recently wowed fans with her performance — and surprise kiss — with Demi Lovato, but it didn’t stop them from reminding her what LGBTQ terms really mean.

On 22 April, she tweeted: ‘cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer. not bi, not straight. i’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions?’

She since deleted the tweet but the words comes courtesy of The Fader . Conflating queer and bi

Fans particularly took issue with Kehlani saying she wasn’t bisexual, yet describing a definition of bisexuality that many people use.

There is nothing wrong with identifying as queer, and it’s a term many people are increasingly becoming more comfortable with, especially younger members of the community.However, people who responded to her specifically spoke out about bi erasure. bi fully encapsulates that description tho. […]

Police say teen suspected of killing football player was his ex-boyfriend

Police say teen suspected of killing football player was his ex-boyfriend

The school and family hosted a memorial service | Photo: Facebook/South El Monte High School Police say that the alleged suspect of the killing of high school football player Jeremy Sanchez was his ex-boyfriend.

Authorities arrested the suspect — whose identity is being kept private because he’s a minor — on Thursday (19 April). They also said that Sanchez tried to break off the relationship and when he did, the suspect became distraught and angry.

Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the update, and added that Sanchez identified as bisexual.

The two teens attended different schools. Sanchez went to El Monte Union High School in California and competed on the school’s football, baseball, and wrestling teams. His cousin Briana Amigon described him as a ‘natural born athlete’. No words to describe the grief

According to the sherriff’s department, police found Sanchez stabbed multiple times. They arrested the suspect after receiving a tip.

Corina further stated the family confirmed the boys’ relationship, although they were initially described as just friends.When the suspect learned Sanchez’s father was looking for Sanchez after he went missing on Wednesday, the suspect and a friend went looking too. The suspect was the person […]

Disney releases pride ears for a little more gay pixie dust in life

Disney releases pride ears for a little more gay pixie dust in life

Joey Graceffa and his family in their new ears at Disneyland | Photo: Twitter @JoeyGraceffa Disney theme parks are known for a lot of things — Dole whip, fun parades and ride, and putting together the perfect outfit with a pair of Mickey ears.

Go into any park and you’ll be in a sea of them.

There are character ears, ride ears, custom-made ears, and even the coveted rose gold and millennial pink ears.

Well, the latest pair of officially merchandised ears are sure to have plenty of fans happy. Disney released pride ears! New rainbow Mickey ears | Photo: Instagram @everythingdisney.55 The ears come in the form of a hate, with rainbow-striped ears and a red cap. On the cap is an embroidered pair of Mickey hands in the shape of a heart, colored in like a rainbow. It all comes together with blue trim. When you wish upon a gay star

Despite some dissapointing representation when it comes to their movies , the Disney parks have always been a place for the community.

From Gay Days to LGBTQ couples dressing up their best for Dapper Day, the overlap between the communities is a mainstay.Now with official merchandise, it’s a great […]

Tortured and shot five times, 56th trans woman murdered in Pakistan

Tortured and shot five times, 56th trans woman murdered in Pakistan

Tran women mourn the murder of their sister in Pakistan. | Photo: Facebook/Trans Action Pakistan Trans women in a region of Pakistan have protested after the 56th trans woman was murdered there since 2015.

On Sunday night two men allegedly tortured and shot, Sheena, an Afghan national in an apartment in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area of Pakistan.

Trans women are known as Khawaja sara in Pakistan and face extreme discrimination and violence in the KP region.

Sheena was reportedly sleeping in her apartment in the Shewa area when the alleged assailants broke in and attacked her.

Police said they had filed a case and had obtained CCTV footage to help them find the two men.

Sheena’s murder comes less than a month after another trans woman was gunned down in broad daylight in a nearby town of KP. Chutki was shot 12 times in a drive-by shooting as she travelled in a rickshaw to a local shopping mall. A friend travelling with her was also killed.The latest murder brings the death toll of trans women in the KP region alone to 56 since 2015.A spokesperson for advocacy group, Trans Action Pakistan, told media there had been 53 reports of violence against trans people in […]

Watch the All Blacks, Black Ferns new LGBT video campaign, supporting rainbow community’s battle against discrimination

Watch the All Blacks, Black Ferns new LGBT video campaign, supporting rainbow community's battle against discrimination

New Zealand’s top rugby teams have made a strong statement on where they stand on diversity and the inclusion of the LGBT community thanks to a new campaign they’ve launched called ‘Diversity is Strength’. NZ’s top rugby teams have made a firm stance following weeks of controversy around Israel Folau’s comments.
Source: AIG

The All Blacks and Black Ferns have teamed up with major sponsor AIG for the campaign, releasing a two-minute video on the teams’ values and the challenges they face.

The teams are shown in the clip entering a stadium in Osaka, Japan and preparing for a game, however a narrator says it’s no typical rugby match.

"The next battle is different," he says.

"The next enemy is truly formidable and deeply devious.
"It is discrimination – an enemy that cannot be fought alone and must be defeated together."It will take more than 15 – it will take thousands – millions"The two teams are then shown lining up together on the field to present a "united black" with a rainbow, a common symbol used to represent the LGBT community, appearing on their jerseys.The video comes in the wake of comments made by Wallabies player Israel Folau last month, when he said gay […]

OUR NEIGHBORS | Longtime Manhattan resident active in LGBT issues, church

OUR NEIGHBORS | Longtime Manhattan resident active in LGBT issues, church

A banner on the side of the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Poyntz Avenue reads, “All Are Welcome” with a rainbow flag above the words.

The church has become a second home for Sue Gerth, a longtime Manhattan resident and paraeducator at Manhattan High School West Campus. Gerth, 62, started attending the church after going to a Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) conference there about 10 years ago, when her daughter Bree Gerth, 35, came out as transgender.

“I knew that I wanted to have a church where I wouldn’t have to try to explain to people, and somebody suggested, ‘Well, if this church has PFLAG don’t you think that they’re going to be open?’” she said. “And so on Nov. 2, I think it was, 10 years ago this fall, I came to church here and felt as if I had come home.”

When her daughter, who was considered male at birth, came out, Gerth said she immediately started to educate herself on what it meant to be transgender and on how to support her daughter in her transition. Since then, Gerth has remained active in speaking up for the transgender community and fighting for its […]