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When She Tweeted About Her Favorite Show, The Executive Producer's Response Wasn't What She Expected

This Twitter conversation between Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of ABC's "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder," and a disgruntled fan is the most perfect response to homophobia I've ever witnessed. I was already a Shonda fan, but this takes it to the next level.

When She Tweeted About Her Favorite Show, The Executive Producer's Response Wasn't What She Expected




One tiny side note: I think it's awesome that Shonda's shows are diverse in ethnicity and sexual orientation, but there's nothing wrong with calling it a "gay scene" because ...gay characters are in it! Representation matters! "They're just people, not gay people" is a form of erasure similar to "I don't see color," no matter how well intentioned. The problem isn't seeing the scenes as gay. The problem occurs when people equate being gay with something bad. OK, side note over. Thanks to my Tumblr family for chiming in and bringing this to my attention. The learnings never cease!

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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.