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Disney Introduces A Gay Couple On A Kids' Show, Confusing Children Everywhere. Wait, No...

Several months ago, Disney announced it was planning to feature a same-sex couple on its children's program "Good Luck Charlie." The episode that included a lesbian couple and their child finally aired. This may seem small, but Disney is big, and I like to believe that this is just the beginning. Yay progress!

Disney Introduces A Gay Couple On A Kids' Show, Confusing Children Everywhere. Wait, No...

A few years ago, my then-3-year-old had a preschool friend who had two moms. My daughter is extremely inquisitive, and rarely does an attempt to understand something new end after just one question.

So anyway, on the way home from a playdate, she asked me why her friend had two moms. I told her that sometimes, two women love each other and create a family, and sometimes, two men love each other and create a family. Just like her dad and I loved each other and created a family (through adoption in our case). She was all, "Oh, OK!" And that was the end of it because it's a really simple concept.


Props to Disney for finally introducing another type of family to our kids. They should grow up seeing how ordinary this is so that it's not even a "concept" they have to figure out. Let's encourage Disney and other networks to keep moving in this direction. You can hit the Facebook and Twitter buttons below to share!

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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.