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Queer Eye’s Fab Five Visited AOC And The Internet Exploded With Rainbow Joy

Things are happening in politics that we could have never predicted this week. The Mormon church allowing gay parents to baptize their children and the crossover we never knew we needed: Netflix’s Queer Eye‘s Fab Five visiting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Capitol to discuss The Equality Act.

Specifically, the Equality Act would serve to amend existing civil rights law—making it impossible for federal government gender discrimination policies like the transgender military ban. It would also prohibit gender and sexual orientation discrimination in public and federally funded programs. It’s a big win for everyone.

Progressive freshman Congresswoman AOC is 100 percent behind this bill.

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The Boricua is here to fight for her constituents in the Bronx and that means fighting for the roughly 10 percent of humans who are LGBTQ+. The United States needs to do better, and these legal revisions are long overdue.

The group also met with Maryland Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who gave emotional testimony in favor of the act this week in Congress.

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During the hearing, Jayapal shared that just last year, her 22-year-old child came out to her as gender-non-conforming. She tearfully explained the miracle that has happened since: “The only thought I wake up with every day is, ‘My child is free. My child is free to be who they are.’ And in that freedom comes a responsibility for us as legislators to protect that freedom to be who they are and to legislate…our behavior towards all people in our society.”

Jayapal and fashion expert Tan France created a meaningful connection.

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Caption: “Beautiful convo w/@TanFrance on how our representation (on TV & in Congress) opens possibilities & hope for others. He’s the 1st gay Pakistani Muslim on TV & I’m the 1st South Asian Am woman in the House–the newest South Asian dynamic duo!

Such an honor to meet you today!”

Overall, the Internet has since exploded.

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The Fab Five was sadly missing their fifth counterpart, Jamaican-Cuban “culture expert” Karamo Brown in D.C., but it didn’t top the Internet from breaking. Yes, Bobby, we’re screaming. ????

If you listen to Jonathan Van Ness (JVN)’s podcast Getting Curious, you were at the ready to hear the strangely uplifting political rage.

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JVN can go through all five stages of grief over a political catastrophe in the gay community in under 30 seconds and then be ready to rally us all to do better. He did not disappoint.

We got to see AOC and JVN hold hands like royalty in pink.

@AOC / Twitter

Caption: “On Capitol Hill we wear pink

TY @jvn, @bobbyberk, @tanfrance & @antoni for visiting + helping us push for the #EqualityAct, & be there to watch Congress pass the Violence Against Women Act & War Powers Resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen.”

Onlookers were clearly stanning two worthy queens. ????

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Tears were spotted. Life goals vaporized. People lost the will to live. Does it get better? We can’t answer that for you, mija.

All of us:

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Things are starting to look a little less bleak up in the federal government. Thank you pink pantsuits.  ????????

Their meeting inspired fan art within hours of their debut catwalk.

@jvn / Instagram

Caption: “We have the most diverse American congress ever, I’m lifted up in seeing that a United States that values Equality & protection for all is currently fighting for that. We’re making it rain pantsuits & equality in 2020.”

Rumors immediately hit Twitter about AOC wanting Bobby Berk to redesign her office space.

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So what did precious soul Bobby do? He tweeted at @AOC, “Hey, AOC! I’m in DC all week girl! Put me to work! Have time … will work for democracy!”

Our girl AOC invited National Treasure Bobby Berk to redesign her office space.

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And just like that, rainbow river were wept all across America. We’re all over here waiting for the content we deserve.

So now we’re all waiting for Twitter to capture Bobby doing what Bobby does best.

@bobbyberk / Twitter

Queer Eye fans have questions. How many people are on his crew? How much of the manual labor does Bobby do himself? How will he incorporate post it culture into his design space?

I mean, Twitter will crowdsource all the content from the Fab Five and AOC as it can muster.

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Truly, it is shameless, but we are forever grateful. Keep your eyes peeled in the next few days.

Even Speaker Pelosi is asking for an AOC focused Queer Eye episode.

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Caption: “.@QueerEye: feel free to let us know when you want @RepAOC & me to fill in next. #Fab5”

And fans of both political and pop culture icons are stanning:

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You were not alone in spending 20 minutes of your work time hunting your Twitter feed for more AOC-QE content. It was a national phenomenon, hunny.

Did I know I needed to see JVN whisper political ideas in AOC’s ear today?

@realllyrachel / Twitter

Nope. Thanks for delivering anyway.

AOC was all of us with the Queer Eye Fab 5 making her life that much more complete.

@AOC / Twitter

Politicians want selfies with gay icons, too! We’re still screaming.

AOC is championing for LGBTQ+ rights and the moments that she spent with the Fab 5 are magical.

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My gay heart has never felt so much mush for my Twitter feed. HBU?

Needless to say, we hope that some kind of content baby is born out of this visit.

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First stop: get the Equality Act passed. It’s really the only content that we care about right now.

Light a candle tonight so we can all collectively pray AOC into Season 4 of Queer Eye.

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And also, if you’re already feeling like “life isn’t worth living”, then please proceed to Netflix and watch One Day at a Time. Then get right back on Twitter because we’re all living to #SaveODATT and it’s Latinx LGBTQ centered storylines. ????????

And of course there was an A+ parody.

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READ: Karamo Brown Slayed Season 3 Of “Queer Eye” And Deserves A Promotion

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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AOC And Chuck Schumer Announce Funeral Benefits For Covid-19 Deaths

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AOC And Chuck Schumer Announce Funeral Benefits For Covid-19 Deaths

More than 27 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 468,000 have died. The avoidable death toll has caused emotional and financial pain to hundreds of thousands of families across the country. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Chuck Schumer are teaming up to get people benefits to cover unexpected funeral costs.

Rep. AOC and Sen. Chuck Schumer are highlighting funeral benefits to reimburse the families of loved ones who died from Covid-19.

The U.S. government passed a Covid economic relief bill in December to offer some support to the struggling economy. The bill gave some relief to Americans, including $600 relief checks. The previous administration made a show of wanting $2,000 checks before allowing the $600 to go through. The Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan is fulfilling that promise by getting $1,400 checks to Americans to deliver the rest of that $2,000.

Another allocation in the package is $2 billion to reimburse people for some of the funeral costs for Covid victims. According to Bankrate, the average cost of a funeral is around $7,640. This is a tough amount of money for people to come up with without an economic crisis brought on by a pandemic.

Americans can apply for up to $7,000 in reimbursement to cover funeral costs because of Covid.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez understands the financial burden a sudden death in the family can cause. It is something that more than 400,000 families in the U.S. are dealing with as Covid continues to spread and kill thousands of people in the U.S. daily.

“I lost my Dad when I was about 18 years old, and the funeral expenses haunted and followed my family along with many other families in a similar position for years,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said at a news conference announcing the funds. “When you suddenly lose a loved one, you’re talking about an expense of four or five, seven, 10 thousand dollars.”

The benefits are retroactive to the beginning of the pandemic.

AOC is quick to respond on Twitter and confirmed that the funeral benefits are indeed retroactive to January 2020. This offers all families who lost a loved one last year to be eligible for a reimbursement of those funeral costs.

The death toll of Covid is expected to continue to climb as vaccines are rolling out and the race against variants is ongoing. Some new strains of the virus spread faster and there is still work to be done to see if they impact the effectiveness of current vaccines.

The money to cover the reimbursements has been allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The two New York politicians teamed up to make this possible with $260 million of those funds going to New Yorkers.

Communities of color are still facing a disproportionate share of the Covid burden.

According to a study by the American Heart Association, access to a hospital plays a big role in why communities of color are disproportionately impacted by Covid. One of the most glaring reasons for the devastation in non-white communities is that hospitals are predominately in white communities.

“Our findings suggest that in order to address disparities in the burden of COVID-19 among vulnerable patient groups, we must focus on structural reasons for the higher rates of viral transmission and hospitalizations for Black and Hispanic patients,” Dr. Fatima Rodriguez, lead author of the study, which was funded by the AHA, said in a statement.

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