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#Sponsored When we see where our stories have crossed paths in the past, we can better understand where they're all going in the future — and see how we can get there together. So what's your story? This #FathersDay, find out more about your father, your mother's father, your father's father's father, and every mother and father that have made you *you*. @Ancestry wants to help you find out their stories, so you can know your own story better. Read more about Jeremy's story at upworthy.com/ancestry.
By day, he drives his garbage truck through the streets of Bogotȧ, Colombia, and as he stops at each home, he keeps an eye out for one item that is too often thrown away: books. Jose Alberto Gutierrez has collected thousands of books along his route over the years, turning the first floor of his small home into a free library for his neighborhood. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images.
Today marks the 137th birthday of Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, who wasn’t just the first woman to ever hold a national office in the United States but also the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. Elected to represent Montana in 1916, she was a vocal suffragist, a critic of the U.S. entering World War I, and a fundamental reason the 19th Amendment was passed in both the House and the Senate. She was elected to another term in Congress in 1940 and remained an advocate for peace until her passing at the age of 92. Happy birthday to you, Congresswoman Rankin. | by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
Actor Sam Claflin opened up about a moment when a producer told him he had to lose weight for a role and how the obsession with body image for men and women in Hollywood is damaging to too many. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images.
It’s been almost a week since eight people lost their lives during the attacks near the London Bridge, but the city has come together and responded with messages of strength, love, and unity. At one memorial near the bridge, dozens have left notes in tribute to those who died and those who are still recovering, with each piece of paper conveying different wishes for the city. | by Carl Court/Getty Images.
Marriage equality is spreading throughout the world — and that’s a good thing! Taiwan recently ruled against a ban on same-sex marriage, paving the way for it to become the first country in the Asian region to support these civil rights. Hare Lin and Cho Chia-lin have been LGBTQ rights activists for over 14 years and recently reflected on how the country has changed since they first started out. Congratulations to Taiwan and all the couples whose marriages are now legal and protected! | by Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
On #ThisDayinHistory in 2003, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire elected the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson to the position of bishop, making him the first openly gay man to become the bishop of a major Christian denomination in the United States. His election and consecration did not come without controversy — he had to wear a bulletproof vest at the event, and there were threats of a schism being created within the church — but he has held the position for nearly 14 years. Bishop Robinson was named one of the 50 most influential gay men and women by Out magazine in 2009, and he provided the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration that same year. | by Michael Springer/Getty Images.
In a rare bit of good news for the Great Barrier Reef, dugong populations in the area are making a comeback. This ancient species and cousin of the manatee is reportedly having a baby boom thanks to a large amount of seagrass, which is their main supply of food. | by Kelvin Aitken/VWPics via AP Images.
Britney Spears has been a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community; in an earnest and heartfelt letter, she spoke out and voiced her support for her LGBTQ fans. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx.
After the mayor of Austin, Texas, received an email decrying the women-only viewing of “Wonder Woman” scheduled to take place in the city, he responded in a way that was not only powerful but also downright clever. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by GDA/AP.
Today he would be 91, but his words will live forever with a sense of eternal youth ringing forward. Allen Ginsberg was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, and became a founding father of the Beat Generation of poets in the 1950s. A champion of LGBTQ rights, peace, and the freedom of speech, he wrote hundreds of poems that are taught in classrooms around the world. The counterculture that arose from his work came to stand against militarism, sexual oppression, and the materialism that became more and more prevalent in the post-war era, and the effects of his work are still seen today. Happy birthday to you, Mr. Ginsberg. | by John Minihan/Evening Standard/Getty Images.
When President Trump announced his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, he said it was because he represents “the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Shortly after, the mayor of Pittsburgh joined mayors from dozens of American cities in announcing their continued support for the Paris Agreement. From Dubuque, Iowa, to St. Petersburg, Florida, the mayors agreed that their cities will continue to fight for a safer future, no matter what. | by Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP.
Today kicks off the first day of Pride Month, a month dedicated to celebrating and uplifting LGBTQ people and their history. Here, activists kiss by the Eiffel Tower while holding a banner that reads “Stop homophobia in Chechnya” to welcome the first gay refugee from Chechnya. Chechnya has been in the news for the horrific attacks on LGBTQ people — and France has spoken up to protect these individuals and their rights. | by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images.
What’s one way to make your commute better? What about a “forest bus”? In Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, passengers were greeted by an explosion of live, lush, fragrant plants and flowers on their city buses — a delightful way to make a commute a little more enjoyable! Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images.
During the Closing Ceremony of the 70th annual #Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain honed in on the lack of diversity in film — especially in directing. But the solution she suggested is clear: Support women in film, all women. Read more about Jessica Chastain’s mic-dropping speech on Upworthy.com. | by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images.
On this day, we honor all of those who have lost their lives in service, who have lost a loved one, and who have come home but are still suffering. We see you, we hear you, we support you, thank you, and salute you. | by Win McNamee/Getty Images.
Rachel Carson will forever be recognized as a woman who changed the way the world viewed the world, nature, and humanity’s role in it. Today is the 110th birthday of the “Silent Spring” author, who spent her 56 years on this planet creating a movement that led to what we now know as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A marine biologist, conservationist, and writer, she set the pace for a generation of environmentalists to change the world. Happy birthday to you, Rachel Carson. | by AP.
On May 23, 2017, the world lost Sir Roger Moore, the British actor known for his portrayal of the forever famous spy James Bond. The humanitarian and UNICEF Goodwill ambassador lost a brief battle with cancer at the age of 89. | by Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images.
“Orange Is the New Black” actress Danielle Brooks wrote a powerful letter to her younger self, giving both advice and a look back on what she’s done with her life so far. It’s a read that doesn’t resonate just with teenagers, but with people everywhere of all ages. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP.
In a landmark decision, the Taiwanese Supreme Court ruled against a ban on same-sex marriage on May 24, paving the way for it to become the first country in Asia to legalize it. Crowds across the country cheered, embraced, and wept as the decision was announced, paving the way for more progress for love around the world. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images.
In a letter to her teenage self published in Teen Vogue, Solange Knowles opened up about the stages of life, the joys of life, the triumphs and the pains of life, and everything that lay ahead as she looked back and thought about the advice she would give herself. | by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Levi’s/AP.
Helen Mirren took the stage at Tulane University to deliver a powerful commencement address to the graduating class of 2017. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP.
American student loan debt is now nearly double the credit card debt. This program aims to address that crisis. #sponsored
After he lost his arm in a factory accident, Chang Hsien-Liang found that most of the prosthetics he could afford were too basic and limited his motion, while the robotic hand he wanted was too expensive. So he delved into the world of 3D printing and created his own bionic arm that was both affordable and flexible. Now, he uses his designs to help others. | by Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
French President Emmanuel Macron has completed his cabinet, and his appointments are an important step in creating equal representation for the citizens of France in government. Of the 22 minister positions, women will fill 11, a parity that more closely resembles the actual makeup of France’s demographics than ever before. | by Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images.
On #ThisDayinHistory, Amelia Earhart set off on a historic flight, leaving Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and arriving in Ireland nearly 15 hours later. She was both the second person and the first woman to ever complete a solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean, taking off exactly five years to the day after Charles Lindbergh made his monumental flight. | by Getty Images.
In a powerful op-ed, former Vice President Joe Biden urged everyone to remember that abuses committed against the LGBTQ community in any country are unacceptable, and we need to remember that “LGBT rights are human rights.” Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.
Since 1984, his voice in Soundgarden and Audioslave helped define an entire musical movement. But in recent months, he used his voice to change the world in other ways. Chris Cornell, who died by apparent suicide at the age of 52, went to the refugee camps in Europe earlier this year to support the International Rescue Committee. He led his own foundation to support children facing homelessness, and he asked others to pay forward whatever kindness they could. We remember his life and his work and urge those struggling with suicidal thoughts to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. | by Casey Curry/Invision/AP.
In a program that’s becoming more popular across the United States, inmates are spending time caring for animals from rescue shelters, rehabilitating and training them as they prepare to find their forever homes. The program isn’t just rehabilitative for the animals — it’s also proven to be wonderful therapy for the inmates. | by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters.
On #ThisDayinHistory, Mount Everest’s summit saw one in a series of climbers reach its peak, but this visitor was different for an important reason — she was the first recorded woman to reach the summit. Junko Tabei would go on to be the first woman to ascend the “seven summits,” reaching the highest peak on every continent. | by AP.
With a powerful Instagram post, Ariel Winter showed that celebrating Mother’s Day isn’t limited to your biological parent. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Just this past Thursday, we asked people in New York City’s Washington Square Park one question: “What do you wish you could say to your mom right now?” They wrote their answers on an index card, dropped it in a shoebox, and shared it with the world. Read 27 of them at Upworthy.com.
In a powerful interview with NPR, Gabourey Sidibe opened up about the pressure she’s felt from the world, both before and after weight-loss surgery, and how she still champions self-love through it all. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images.
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