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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.

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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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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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The Estefans’ Red Table Talk is officially here and queer!

So get used to it!

The beloved Cuban singer and her family hosted their second episode of the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Things got real real as she, her daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lili Estefan sat down for a raw and honest conversation about their lives and relationships.

In the second episode of ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans‘ titled, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” the family revealed that Gloria was shocked to learn that her “miracle baby” was queer.

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Speaking frankly, Gloria explained that her initial reaction to her daughter’s coming out was to dissuade her from telling her grandmother the truth. According to Gloria, she feared that her own mother would die from the news about Emily.

“I came out to my parents like in 2017. But as you’ll see on the show, I think they knew way before that,” Emily, who is 25-years-old Entertainment Weekly in an interview. “What I’m most excited about in this episode is the complexity of it all. I wouldn’t be doing anybody justice if I went up there and lied and said that it was easy or that there weren’t complex emotions involved, even though my mom has been such a fierce supporter of the LGBTQ community. Everybody has a perspective. And as human beings, we’re always trying to be understood instead of understanding. As you’ll see in the clip, it was difficult for me to hear that. No matter under any perspective, those words were difficult to hear.”

Sadly, Emily never had the chance to share this part of her identity with her grandmother, Gloria Fajardo.

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Fajardo passed away in 2017 before Emily had the chance to come out to her. It is unknown whether she knew of her sexual orientation before she passed away.

“That is one of my biggest unanswered questions that I will live the rest of my life with,” Emily explained “Many of the people around me that love me have told me they knew. But in my heart, my grandmother and I were so close but I’m really not sure. But that’s part of life too — you don’t get every answer that you want. I’m also learning that regrets are a waste of time. But I’m still on that journey. A few years ago, I would’ve never imagined that we’d be talking about this as I’m about to release an episode where I say things I’ve not even told family members of mine. I’m still growing and learning.”

In the latest episode of the Red Table Talk, Gloria explains that Emily became known as her “miracle baby” after she was conceived following a devastating tour bus accident in 1990.

At the time, Estefan’s doctors told her she would not be able to concieve more children. At the time, Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan, already had their son, Nayib Estefan. Nayib is 15 years older than his sister Emily.

In the latest interview, Emily talks about the pressures of having to live up to the concept of a “perfect daughter” that had been projected onto her by media outlets. She also addresses how she became the target of tabloid fodder in Spanish-language media after her relationship with Gemeny Hernandez was revealed.

“My parents would tell me all the time that we all have to earn respect, which I totally understand and fully agree with,” Emily explained of her experiences growing up in the spotlight. “Life is difficult and you don’t know what people’s intentions are all the time. When my dad started dating my mom, my grandma would slam the door in his face! My parents never exhibited anything extreme like that when it came to my relationships, but they would remind me what their courtship was like. I would let them know that we’re going through similar things, but in different colors. Life is about repetition and trying to pick up new things along the way. My grandma came from a time where she didn’t go on a date with my grandpa until they had their marriage certificate, and even then her mom was chaperoning them. They didn’t kiss until they were married.”

Emily revealed that she and her girlfriend Gemeny have been together for almost four years now and that she has been welcomed as part of the Estefan family.

“Family dynamics are hard, no matter what,” Emily went onto share. “Gem is one of those people who is like a mirror: She came into my life and showed me my truth. Sometimes that’s not beautiful, but that’s what love is. It’s not beauty or dates or romance all the time, but all of the things that come with love. I’m really young, but I feel that having her by my side has made me truly understand what a loving, adult relationship is like. That’s why it’s been so easy for me to fight this fight and speak my truth, because it’s all worth it. She helped me be brave. Now she has a relationship with my family which is the incredible part and can maybe be explored in season 2? Having her come to sit at the table and talk about those dynamics. Everybody loves each other, but as I said, love isn’t easy. And you know what it’s like being a part of a Latino family. The baby starts dating somebody, even if it’s Mickey Mouse, they still wouldn’t think he’s good enough!”

The second episode of the Estefan’s Red Table Talk, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” debuted this past Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon ET on Facebook Watch.

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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On Monday, Twitter announced that it has suspended 15 Twitter accounts of “Black Trump supporters” that they discovered were fake. The accounts were similar in nature, tweeting out nearly identical messages, like “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and “VOTE REPUBLICAN”. The accounts quickly amassed thousands of followers and retweets.

The fake “Black Trump Supporter” accounts were discovered by social media disinformation researcher Darren Linvill, who flagged the accounts and reported them to Twitter.

The accounts violate Twitter’s rule barring users from using the platform “in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

The Twitter accounts sourced their profile photos through internet image searches. One profile photo even included the search term “black man photo” at the top of the profile photo–proving that someone stole the photo from the internet and (sloppily) cropped it. Others were revealed, via reverse-image searching, to be generic stock photos of Black people.

The accounts seemed to follow a pattern: the Black Trump supporters were devout Christians, veterans, blue-collar workers, police officers…you get the picture. 

“They are impersonating Black Trump supporters, Black authoritative figures such as veterans and police officers, and various prominent individuals in order to gain rapid traction and virality,” said cybersecurity manager Lee Foster to The Washington Post.

Linvill says that the accounts don’t necessarily appear to be a coordinated campaign, although he did find traces of the Russian alphabet  in the accounts’ online records. Linvill hypothesizes that the accounts might have had monetary motives–they often tweeted out links to buy Trump merchandise. 

Another theory is that, based on the timing, whoever created the fake accounts is trying to change what appears to be the persistent narrative that President Trump is racist. The accounts became much more active in recent months, around the time when Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups on national TV. These “Black Trump supporters” make it seem like he actually has the support of Black Americans. 

But polls and surveys prove that Trump is highly unpopular among Black Americans. The Pew Research Center shows that 81% of Black voters support Biden in the upcoming election. 

These most recent fake Twitter accounts are one of the many ways that the Republican Party has been attempting to manipulate voters this election cycle. Along with spreading disinformation, the party has set up unsanctioned ballot drop-off boxes across California. The Governor of Texas, Rick Abbott (R) also made headlines recently for restricting the amount of official ballot boxes in Texas to only one per county–a move that critics slammed as a transparent attempt to suppress the Latino vote.

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