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For the most part, Americans love Chick-fil-A.

Back in 2015, it was the most popular fast food restaurant based on customer satisfaction. Not to mention it rakes in billions of dollars every year — all from slinging out chicken sandwiches that have been described as no less than the "pinnacle of human achievement."


New York City's first Chick-fil-A location in Manhattan. Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images.

Chick-fil-A's success has recently brought the chain to the streets of New York City, where it will soon open a second stand-alone location in Queens.

If New York's mayor has anything to say about it, though, there won't exactly be a line out the door. And you bet he has something to say about it.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged New Yorkers not to eat at Chick-fil-A.

Bill de Blasio. New York City mayor, Giant Man. Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images.

"What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong," De Blasio told reporters, according to DNAinfo. "I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them."

What-the-what is he talking about?

In case you don't remember, Chick-fil-A has been at the center of a lot of controversy in regards to the LGBT community.

Here's the condensed version: Chick-fil-A has given millions to anti-LGBT groups since 2003. Chick-fil-A has fired employees who don't adhere to strict Christian standards, including a Muslim man in 2002 who didn't want to participate in a Christian group prayer. Chick-fil-A also has a 0 rating from the Human Rights Campaign.

Oh, and the chain's president, Dan Cathy, has said too many harmful things about the gay community to count. Not to mention, when he was accused of being against gay marriage, his response in 2012 was simply: "Guilty as charged."

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.

"This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message," said De Blasio. "It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding [anti-gay] organizations."

For its part, Chick-fil-A has been working to walk back its anti-gay reputation. Back in February it agreed to stop funding anti-gay organizations after "months of discussion."

When reached for comment on the New York City controversy, a Chick-fil-A spokesperson had this to say:

"New Yorkers have turned out in record numbers since we entered the market last year, and we are thrilled by the strong response. Everyone is welcome, and Chick-fil-A has no political agenda. Our sole focus is on serving great food with fast and remarkable service."

As you'd expect, de Blasio's words have been received with some criticism.

He's been called "anti-Christian" and accused of playing politics, and frankly, it's hard to say if the boycott will work.

On one hand, New Yorkers have a proud history of supporting the LGBT community, and on the other, they also don't like being told what to do.

Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images.

I can tell you one thing, though — New York City has practically more food options than people. It has everything!

If it's chicken sandwiches you want, go to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, or Parm. Or Fuku! Or any deli on any corner of any street. Why not grab a Chick'n Shack sandwich at Shake Shack. It's really good! You'll only have to wait in line for like ... I don't know ... an hour or two?

Actually, you know what? I live in Queens, why don't you just come over to my place? I'll make you a chicken sandwich that'll blow the pickles right out of your shoes. We can watch "Twin Peaks" or something.

Look, OK, obviously it's up to you if you want to go to Chick-fil-A or not. But just remember: Chick-fil-A might be on the right side of chicken. But they'll always be remembered as the fast food joint on the wrong side of LGBT history.

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Holly the delivery nurse.

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

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This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

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As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

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The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

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Their futures might be mere musings of our imagination, but thanks to a lot of creativity (and a little tech) we can now get a glimpse into what these celebrities might have looked like when they were older.

Alper Yesiltas, an Istanbul-based lawyer and photographer, created a photography series titled “As If Nothing Happened,” which features eerily realistic portraits of long gone celebrities in their golden years. To make the images as real looking as possible, Yesiltas incorporated various photo editing programs such as Adobe Lightroom and VSCO, as well as the AI photo-enhancing software Remini.

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