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Sometimes Parents Worry About The Influence Gay People Might Have On Their Kids. This Is For Them.

The St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam, meaning that he's the first openly gay football player in the NFL. He even kissed his boyfriend on camera the other day. OMG, what?! The horror. Just kidding. Actually, I'm looking forward to the day when someone being openly gay in any organization isn't newsworthy. Until then, many parents who enjoy football are left wondering how in the world they're going to explain Michael Sam to their children. This should help.

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For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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