Congress just passed a historic LGBT rights bill. And it’s only the beginning.

It’s a historic day: The house just passed a bill that will provide nationwide anti-discrimination protection for the LGBT+ community and extend protection to women and people of color. The bill, known as H.R. 5, is an extension of 1964’s Civil Rights Act. It’s meant to ensure that those who identify as LGBT+ can’t be discriminated against at work, school, when seeking housing, and when participating in federally funded programs (among other things). Exactly 15 years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, the House has passed the #EqualityAct. I’ll fight to do the same in the Senate. Because LGBTQ Americans deserve to be treated equally, no matter where they live – or who they love. pic.twitter.com/zgkX6QsM0s …

George Clooney made a hilarious PSA about anti-science dumb-#$%^;*

Hello, friend! Are you ready for your weekly reminder that the world is going up in flames? Well, I’m sorry to be the one to break the news to you (again), but aren’t you glad that at least you’re hearing it from someone who already considers you a pal/confidante? The UN has reported that we are in the middle of the fastest extinction cycle this big ol’ rock we call home has ever seen. Animals are disappearing at alarming rate, in fact, there are hundreds upon hundreds of animals that we won’t ever get to see again. “You mean like from the dinosaur era?” you ask. No, like from 1500 on. Things are grim. But there’s something that might make …

Where one woman found necessary support after a cancer diagnosis.

Natasha Rossi believed she had the perfect life. She had two awesome kids — two and a half-year-old identical twins — and the love and support of her boyfriend, Desi. Life, she thought, could only get better. All photos via Upworthy/Walgreens. Then, in January 2019, she was hit with some of the hardest news that anyone can hear. “Hearing those words, ‘you have cancer,’ my life changed forever,” Natasha says. Learning that she’d been diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer — one of the most aggressive forms of the disease — challenged Natasha to her core. She didn’t know if she’d ever get her fairytale life back. Or if she’d even get to see her twins grow up. “I broke down …

Barack Obama and President Trump respond to the tragic Notre Dame fire.

Photo by Fouad Maghrane/Getty Images With events still rapidly unfolding in France, both President Trump and former President Barack Obama responded quickly to their millions of followers on Twitter. Trump responded with a tweet offering some unsolicited advice on how first responders might best handle the tragic fire that quickly engulfed the historic structure: So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly! So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019 It was a fairly …

Mr. Singh caught a teenager stealing from his store. His response has gone viral for all the right reasons.

Most of us have a knee-jerk reaction when we see a crime taking place: call the cops. It’s often the smart move to protect the safety of those in the immediate area, but sometimes it’s unnecessary. Especially when the consequences of being arrested might far outweigh the seriousness of the crime. A 7-11 owner in Toledo, Ohio is being praised for not calling the cops on a teenager that he caught stealing from his store. Instead, he saw the crime as an opportunity to practice kindness. When a 7-11 owner spotted what appeared to be a shoplifter, he confronted the man, asking him, “Why are you doing it?” Yet with one answer, suspicion gave way to sympathy and kindheartedness. Dean …

A transgender student was told he couldn’t run for prom king. He fought back and won something better.

A Georgia high school has adapted gender-neutral prom court terminology, after receiving public backlash for telling a student he could only run for prom queen because he was born a woman. Dex Frier, who has identified as transgender since his sophomore year at Johnson High School in Gainesville, Georgia, was seriously ecstatic when he received one of six coveted nominations for senior prom king, an honor he was beyond excited about. “I was jumping up and down. Me and my best friend were losing our minds, we were so excited,” Frier told CBS affiliate WGCL. However, school officials told him that because he was assigned female at birth, he could only run for prom queen. He — along with his …

Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez shared a wild story about what happens when politicians watch too much Fox News.

When Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez (D-NY) completed her historic election to Congress in 2018, plenty of people wondered if her momentum would carry over when she was off the campaign trail and forced to participate in the much quieter world of legislating. Needless to say, she hasn’t missed a beat. Part of what has kept AOC in the public spotlight is the unique approach she has taken to asking questions during congressional hearings. Some people think she’s too flashy — all spark and no substance. While her fans, and even some of her critics, have applauded her for asking the tough and honest questions that often get left behind in the hallowed halls of Congress. During an appearance on “Late Night with …

This group is bringing clean clothes to anyone who needs them, one laundromat at a time.

It all started with a man named T-Bone and a simple desire. 25 cents is one way it starts…. www.laundrylove.org Posted by Laundry Love on Thursday, December 18, 2014 His name was Eric, but he was T-Bone to the people he knew and liked. Greg Russinger met him in 2003, when he and his friends were working with under-resourced individuals and families in Ventura, California. Russinger remembers asking T-Bone one question: “What would it look like for us to come alongside your life in a way that would matter to you specifically?” “He just said ‘If I had clean clothes, I think people would treat me as a human being,’” Russinger recalls. This lack of clean clothes is sadly all too …

Dear North Carolina: Arming teachers with guns is a spectacularly bad idea.

North Carolina is proposing a law to allow teachers to carry guns in school. Here’s why that’s a horrible idea. Two bills have been filed in the North Carolina state legislature that would loosen gun restrictions in schools, allow teachers to carry guns, and even pay some teachers more for doing so. Both of the proposed laws would require training for those who want to carry guns. In the house bill, participating teachers and staff would have to complete 16 hours of active shooter training. The senate bill proposes having select teachers serve as secret “teacher resource officers” who carry firearms. The position would require Basic Law Enforcement Training, after which the teachers would be sworn in as law enforcement …

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern is the strong, compassionate leader the world needs right now.

Jacinda Ardern is writing the playbook for stellar leadership following a mass murder in her country. New Zealand’s prime minister was unique in many ways before the Christchurch mosque shootings that killed 50 of her people. At 38 years old, Jacinda Ardern is one of the youngest heads of state in the world, and one of just two world leaders who have given birth while in office. She is a Mormon-turned-agnostic who ran a “relentlessly optimistic” campaign—her own words—and who found out she was pregnant only a month after being elected Prime Minister in 2017. Her meteoric rise to political power and popularity, dubbed “Jacindamania” by the media, put her under a pretty bright spotlight. She has solidly held her …

This British weatherman interrupted a live debate on crime with a point we all need to hear.

Alex Beresford just couldn’t stay silent while listening to a Good Morning Britain debate about knife crime in the UK. With an increase in knife attacks over the past few years, debates over how to handle knife crime in the United Kingdom are common. Similar to gang-related gun violence in the U.S., the majority of victims and perpetrators of such crimes are black youths living in urban areas. And also like gun violence debates in the U.S., such discussions are too often held without representation from the communities being debated. That fact compelled weatherman Alex Beresford to interject from off camera during a live Good Morning Britain debate on knife crime. Police Federation chair, John Apter, was in the middle …

A mom left her baby at the airport, so the whole plane turned around to get her daughter.

Creative Commons/ If you have children and are upset with yourself for not being the perfect parent,  take comfort in knowing  that at least your vulnerable parenting moment didn’t make international news, like one mother who was recently separated from her baby. Before we blame the mother involved, it’s important to remember that Moms and Dads are human beings, too, and they are bound to forget to pick their child up from soccer practice at some point or forget about a date that means everything to their young child every now and then, no matter how mindful and caring they strive to be. While traveling from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia, a mother realized she left her baby at the terminal …

The elite college admissions scandal exposes the inequities in our supposed ‘meritocracy.’

The FBI has uncovered the biggest college admissions cheating scandal in history—and it’s a doozy. Fifty people, including high-profile celebrities and CEOs, NCAA coaches, and college exam administrators, have been indicted in a multi-million dollar cheating scheme to get wealthy kids admitted into elite colleges. Among those charged in the case are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC. The parents in the case apparently paid a college admissions consultant named William Singer to help their kids get into certain schools. In their arrangements with Singer, parents, coaches, testers, and others knowingly cheated in order to make that happen. In some cases, stand-ins took students’ SAT or ACT tests for them. In others, …

Senator Stephanie Flowers’ ‘stand your ground’ speech is fierce, raw, and sadly necessary.

Arkansas state senator Stephanie Flowers lit up the state legislature in a debate over “stand your ground” laws. Debates that involve guns tend to bring out people’s passions. But when you’re a mother of a black son debating a law that statistically makes it less likely for him to see justice if he’s killed, your passion may be stronger than most. State senator Stephanie Flowers shared her feelings in a legislative debate over Arkansas’ “stand your ground” laws, taking issue with the bill being rushed through without proper debate. “I’m the only person here of color,” she said. “I am a mother, too. And I care for my son as much as y’all care for y’all’s. But my son doesn’t …

George Washington told America that political parties were our ‘worst enemy.’ He was right.

President George Washington warned Americans of the dangers of partisanship in his 1796 farewell address — and he didn’t mince words. The entire address is worth a read, but Washington’s descriptions of “the Spirit of Party,” which he said “is seen in its greatest rankness” in freely elected democracies and “is truly their worst enemy,” are particularly intriguing. Check out a bit of what he said about partisanship: It serves always to distract the Public Councils and enfeeble the Public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the …

This family is the face of Venezuela’s historic humanitarian crisis.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …