A queer musician shouted out an eatery's inclusive bathrooms. The response was delightful.

Ayesha Curry, a former actress and famed cookbook writer and restaurant owner, is a well-known Bay Area favorite.

As the host of "Ayesha's Homemade" on The Food Network, the author of "The Seasoned Life," and one of the collaborators behind International Smoke, she's a pretty busy woman.

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She also happens to be married to basketball player Steph Curry. The powerhouse couple lead very public lives, and Ayesha has become increasingly cautious about what she says and when. But she didn't shy away from engaging with musician Kehlani after a recent Twitter shoutout.

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Kehlani, a queer musician, thanked Curry on Twitter for using the word "humans" to label the bathrooms in her restaurant instead of separating them by gender.

Curry's response? She did it herself.

In a tweet that's now been liked more than 14,000 times, Curry told Kehlani that she put those signs up herself, showing that Curry understands the importance of inclusion in public spaces.

Curry's actions may seem simply normal in the predominantly progressive area where she lives, but given her self-identification as a devout Christian, her actions actually speak to an important fact.

Curry makes it clear that being religious and being inclusive aren't mutually exclusive.

In spite of common rhetoric claiming that Christians aren't progressive and accepting of diverse identities, or the reverse — that Christians can't make space for the fluidity of gender and sexual identity — Curry proves you can in fact be both religious and tolerant.

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Curry is not alone: She joins a number of self-proclaimed religious people who are becoming more accepting in public. Magic Johnson frequently attends church and has been accepting and affirming of his son EJ's sexuality; Stephen Colbert, a devout Catholic, has consistently stood up for queer rights; and even some things the pope has said has signified a shift in how Christians view marriage equality.

These examples illustrate a pretty basic truth: It's totally possible to be a person of faith and also be accepting of queer people. It's really that simple.

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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