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I Laughed, I Cried, I Clicked 'Refresh' Until He Posted Another Picture

Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, is a crazy popular site, featuring his journalistic photographs of people in the city along with a word or two from the subject. They're by turns heartbreaking and giggle-inducing. The U.N. invited Brandon to take his camera past the five boroughs and into the great world beyond on an epic, 50-day tour.

I Laughed, I Cried, I Clicked 'Refresh' Until He Posted Another Picture

"I’m studying to be a lawyer. He likes books about frogs." (Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of Congo)


"We just want to be together and not be afraid." (Erbil, Iraq)

"She shares her yogurt with me." (Nairobi, Kenya)

"If you speak gently, you’ll find good people wherever you go. If you find a bad person, just move on to the next person." (Petra, Jordan)

"This one likes photos too much. If he takes one more photo, I will break his camera. But don’t translate that." (Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan)

The U.N. sent Brandon around the world to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals. These goals, created in 2000, were pretty audacious, like eradicating extreme poverty and reducing the number of women dying in childbirth by 75% (as compared to 1990 numbers). The deadline is 2015. You'd be amazed at how far we've come, but there's still more to do.

For me, these photos have the same effect as the famous Pale Blue Dot image taken from space — serving as a reminder that, no matter what happens, we're all in this together. Share this with the humans in your life, OK?

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The poll found that 5.6% of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. That's a large increase from the 2017 poll that had the number at 4.5%.

"More than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) say they are gay, with 11.7% identifying as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender. An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving," the poll says.

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One day in 2019, Jackson felt a sudden sense of hope for a better living arrangement when she caught wind of the ongoing construction of Veteran's Village in Carson, California — a 51-unit affordable housing development with one, two and three-bedroom apartments and supportive services to residents through a partnership with U.S.VETS.

Her feelings of hope quickly blossomed into a vision for her future when she learned that Veteran's Village was taking applications for residents to move in later that year after construction was complete.

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It's amazing to consider just how quickly the world has changed over the past 11 months. If you were to have told someone in February 2020 that the entire country would be on some form of lockdown, nearly everyone would be wearing a mask, and half a million people were going to die due to a virus, no one would have believed you.

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