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All She Wanted To Do Was Hold Her Girlfriend's Hand. She Soon Realized She Would Have To Leave.

I can't imagine what it's like to leave everyone and everything you've ever known and move to a strange place. These people have some serious guts.

All She Wanted To Do Was Hold Her Girlfriend's Hand. She Soon Realized She Would Have To Leave.

This is Kristina, and she left Ukraine because she is gay.

In Ukraine, Kristina and other gay people are subject to laws and a social structure that can put them in danger.


Ukraine is not the only country in the world that has laws intended to harm gay people.

There are over 70 countries in the world that have laws on the books against homosexuality, some of which make homosexuality "punishable by death."

The United States allows citizens from other countries to seek asylum in America if they:

  • can no longer live in their home country because of a reasonable fear or proof they will be persecuted, or
  • the reason for their persecution is related to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion.

There's a really giant statue that's a symbol of the United States, and you probably recognize her.

At the base of the statue, there's a poem, and part of it says:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"



I don't know about you, but it makes me proud that we have a system to offer protection for the persecuted. It doesn't work perfectly, but watch the video below to see what happens when it does.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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