Can't Believe I'm Asking This, But Wanna See A Governor Get All Emotional And Protect Equal Rights?

This is pretty emotional, but you need to know the dry part for context. Or you can just play the video now, knowing it gets good at 30s.So the Colorado Republicans decided to mess with gay people. Gov. John Hickenlooper said, "Not so fast."The state Republican House members filibustered the legislative session until time ran out for the year to prevent civil unions from being debated. 30 different bills involving water, crime, justice, health, etc., were tabled, affecting Coloradans across the state, so that the GOP could stop a DEBATE about marriage equality. In response, the governor, who was one of the biggest restaurateurs in Denver prior to becoming mayor of Denver, then governor, let his emotions get the best of him as he announced a special legislative session to help get those 30 bills passed, and to address the injustice of trying to stop marriage equality, which impacts many of the people who worked in his establishments every day.Starting at 30s in it gets pretty emotional. Watch. (You don't have to watch the whole thing.)

Can't Believe I'm Asking This, But Wanna See A Governor Get All Emotional And Protect Equal Rights?

If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.