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One Lucky Chicago Couple’s Engagement Went Viral Thanks To An Unexpected Star

This viral proposal is melting hearts.

Over the weekend, Jessica Rodriguez proposed to her girlfriend at The Art Institute of Chicago and the moment was obviously caught on camera. While any proposal is heart-warming, the real story here is about a reaction captured in one of the engagement photos. The viral tweet, uploaded by Jessica’s brother Carlos, has received more than 109,000 retweets and more than 342,000 likes.

Jessica Rodriguez and Chelsea Miller are brand new fiancées.

@AreYouShook / Twitter
CREDIT: @AreYouShook / Twitter

“I had been suspecting there may be a proposal in the works but I didn’t think it would be so soon! Jessica threw me off by telling me we were going to an event to support a friend at the art museum,” Chelsea Miller told mitú via email. “She also kept making comments about having to get finals done at school before planning something and talked about doing it after the holidays. She really wanted it to be a surprise, and that it was! It was even more special; all the thought and detail she put into the proposal to make it so sweet and meaningful to us, which means so much to me because I’m a big sentimental baby.”

Here’s the photo after Miller told Rodriguez yes.

@AreYouShook / Twitter
CREDIT: @AreYouShook / Twitter

The couple met on Tumblr in 2012 and maintained a long-distance thing for a while. Eventually, they broke things off since the distance was too much but after some time the two moved to Chicago together and the rest is history.

“I first met Jessica on Tumblr, a blogging website with a large LGBTQ+ community. I saw her page and thought she was pretty and seemed like an interesting person so I sent her a message which sparked conversation,” Miller explained to mitú. “We talked for a while on email, texts, soon phone calls, and then decided to meet. The first time I saw her in person was my first visit to Texas and when I walked through the airport to her I was SUPER nervous. I made it through security and saw her for the first time and I was already in love. I was still a little nervous until she gave me a hug and melted it all away! It was a very special day in my life.”

While the proposal was super sweet, this little lady’s reaction is what made everyone’s heart just melt.

@AreYouShook / Twitter
CREDIT: @AreYouShook / Twitter

We did not, unfortunately, notice her in the moment,” Miller told mitú because, well, obvi. “I totally would’ve given her a hug if I had! We were just so caught up in the moment, everything else was like a blur! We noticed later on when going through the photos, and it made the picture even more special to us!”

People instantly fell in love with the visibly excited woman witnessing the engagement.


Amazing! ?

The lucky couple had no idea that their engagement would mean so much to the world.


“I was (and still am) completely shocked,” Miller said to mitú about the reaction the tweet has received. “And a little overwhelmed, but in a good way. We weren’t trying to go viral and never expected anything like this to happen. We’re just two girls in love!”

They’re getting some serious love from all around the world.


“We’ve been getting messages from people all over saying things like “this gives me hope,” “restores my faith in humanity,” “inspires me to be myself,” and so much more,” Miller explained to mitú. “I think it is so important to get positive messages out there about the LGBTQ+ community and I’m happy I can be a part of one small, positive message for so many people. We all need more positive things to focus on.”

One Twitter user did take a moment to compliment the girls on their flawless shoe choices.


#AMEN

Congratulations, Jessica and Chelsea!

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CREDIT: GIPHY Originals / GIPHY

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Military Members Are Sharing Stories Of Sexual Assult In The Military Using #IAmVanessaGuillen

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Military Members Are Sharing Stories Of Sexual Assult In The Military Using #IAmVanessaGuillen

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Vanessa Guillen went missing on April 22 from a parking lot at Fort Hood. Before going missing, Guillen confided in her family about alleged sexual assault and harassment she faced at the U.S. Army base. Her story sparked an online movement to talk about sexual assault in the military.

Women are using #IAmVanessaGuillen to talk about sexual assault in the U.S. military.

It wasn’t until recently that movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp made it clear that society was done with making excuses for sexual assault. Powerful and influential men have fallen because of their behavior. The disappearance of Vanessa Guillen is shining a renewed light on sexual assault in the military.

The stories range from inappropriate behavior from superiors to rape from fellow soldiers.

Women see themselves reflected in Guillen and her story. Former military women are shedding the shame and fear of coming forward to tell their stories in a public space. The unity on social media is offering women comfort and support as they open up about the most personal thing someone can talk about.

Some of the stories are absolutely heartbreaking.

According to a report from the Defense Department, sexual assault in the U.S. military went up 3 percent between fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The department reported 7,825 reports of sexual assault on service members. However, Pentagon officials assert that the change cannot be characterized as an increase in assaults. A prevalence survey on sexual assault in the military is conducted every other year.

According to some women, the assault and harassment started quickly.

The same study found that sexual assault at the 3 military academies saw a spike of 32 percent. The figures show an increase of 117 reported sexual assaults in 2018 compared to 149 sexual assaults reported in the academies.

“Our Academies produce our future leaders. At every turn, we must drive out misconduct in place of good order and discipline. Our data last year, and the findings from this year’s report, reflect the progress we have made in some areas, and the significant work that remains,” Elizabeth Van Winkle, the executive director of the Office of Force Resiliency, said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “We will not falter in our efforts to eliminate these behaviors from our Academies and to inculcate our expectation that all who serve are treated, and treat others, with dignity and respect.”

Some men have also used the hashtag to share their own experiences.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 1 out of every 10 rape victims is male. The study also shows that 1 out of every 33 men will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault.

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, you can call 1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or visit RAINN by clicking here.

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Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

Michaelangelo Mosqueda / GoFundMe

Every now and then there is a video or some news that bubbles up through the noise that makes you feel good. There’s another one of those stories coming out of Chicago thanks to a family helping a local paletero.

A viral video shows a family buying a paletero’s entire cooler of paletas.

The family wanted to help the paletero finish his work for the day because it was Father’s Day. After buying him out, the family decided to go one further for the older mand and set up a GoFundMe to help him retire for the life of selling paletas. Don Rosario, the paletero in the video, is 70 years old and is a staple of the East Side community in Chicago.

A GoFundMe for his retirement is raising a lot of money to help him out.

Selling paletas is exhausting work. Walking around all day long in the heat while trying to sell paletas is a demanding job. This family is taking it on themselves to help Rosario finally retire from the work so he can rest and enjoy his golden years.

There was so much love for Rosario that the fundraiser had to be closed and then reopened.

The family who set up the GoFundMe closed the fundraiser at one point, according to an update. This is because they were waiting to get his contact info and the fundraiser has exploded to more than $40,000. Then, after getting the info and enough interest to keep donating, the fundraiser was reopened. If you want to add to Rosario’s growing pot, you can click here.

The act of kindness that started on Father’s Day is still going and giving people hope.

These are dark times. We are still battling a virus. The U.S. is being forced to finally confront centuries of racial inequality. There are so many things happening that can make us mad. However, stories like these remind us that there is still so much good happening out there.

This is a ray of light in a world that is often so confusing right now.

“We’ve been left speechless, there were people from all over the states donating,” Michaelangelo Mosqueda, the GoFundMe creator, told Block Club Chicago. “It has been really eye-opening to see that when we all come together we do some great things for others.”

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