Starbucks is donating funds from its new drink collection to Lady Gaga's charity.
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"Little Monsters" may be what Lady Gaga calls her millions of devoted fans, but in reality, she's hoping they act in ways that are anything but what the nickname suggests.

This week, she's encouraging them to stop by Starbucks for a refreshing drink.

Starbucks has launched a collection called "Cups of Kindness" in partnership with Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.

June 13-19, the coffee company will donate 25 cents from every collection drink purchase to the foundation, which aims to better the lives of young people and their communities, particularly when it comes to mental health.


The drinks have flavors that go hand-in-hand with the arrival of summer: New Matcha Lemonade, Ombré Pink Drink, New Violet Drink, and Pink Drink.

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Turning kindness into action is an important pillar of Gaga's charitable work at the Born This Way Foundation.

As she explained at the United States Conference for Mayors in 2016:

“The really fantastic thing about kindness is that it’s free. It's the best resource that we have because you can give and give and receive kindness, and the well of it inside of you will never dry up, and it can’t hurt you or anybody else. It’s the thing that brings us all together.”

The nonprofit has helped homeless LGBTQ youth, fought online harassment, and aimed to curb the stigma surrounding mental illness, among other initiatives.

Funds raised through the "Cups of Kindness" collection will go toward more efforts like these ones — "programs that support youth wellness and empowerment by fostering kindness, improving mental health resources, and creating more positive environments" — according to Starbucks.

The beverage company has committed to giving at least $250,000 to the foundation, regardless of the drink collection's success.

“We’re healthier and happier when we live our lives with compassion," Lady Gaga said in regards to the drinks. "And our communities are stronger when we treat one another with generosity and respect."

We can all drink to that.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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This article originally appeared on 12.02.19


Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

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To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

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A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.