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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Nope. Thanks for delivering anyway.

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

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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

AOC Doesn’t Want Us To Go Back To 70-Hour Work Weeks When We Reopen The Economy

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AOC Doesn’t Want Us To Go Back To 70-Hour Work Weeks When We Reopen The Economy

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For the past month and a half, the United States has seen a sweep of stay-at-home orders meant to protect communities and individuals from the deadly coronavirus. While these mandates have worked to “flatten the curve” of causing hospitals to be overwhelmed they have also caused massive job loss amongst Americans. Which is why many have taken to the streets to push back against quarantine orders and secure their jobs back.

Still, at this time researchers have tirelessly tried to explain that reopening the economy is not in the best interest of public health, or the country.

That’s why when President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage online extremist communities to push back against orders, many of us were not thrilled.

In a series of tweets last Friday, Trump called to “LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” Later he called to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in particular, was not amused. In a recent interview with VICE, AOC slammed President Trump’s support of protesters calling to “liberate” various states from their lockdown orders.

“Only in America, does the president, when the president tweets about liberation, does he mean ‘Go back to work,’” the progressive legislator said. “We have this discussion about ‘going back’ or ‘reopening’ — I think a lot of people should just say, ‘No, we’re not going back to that. We’re not going back to working 70-hour weeks just so that we can put food on the table and not feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”

In another portion of the interview, Ocasio-Cortez talked about the virus’s impact on her district.

“I have to call family members, congregations, and people in our community offering condolences day in and day out. I have to talk to teenage kids who have lost their parents. I have to talk to spouses that have lost their husband or wife of several decades,” Ocasio- Cortez said speaking of her district which encompasses Queens and the Bronx.

. “I have to talk to people who have lost their pastor or who have lost their imam or who have lost their spiritual leader of their community, and you know, I have to talk to people who say, ‘Where am I going to get my next meal,’ or ‘Am I going to be evicted from my apartment next month?’” 

AOC Gets Real About Biden’s Sexual Assault Allegations, Becomes First Member Of Congress To Even Bring It Up

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AOC Gets Real About Biden’s Sexual Assault Allegations, Becomes First Member Of Congress To Even Bring It Up

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With the Democratic primary season all but officially over, Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive nominee. He’s got the endorsements of his primary competitor, Bernie Sanders, and his former boss, President Obama.

Although Rep. Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t explicitly endorsed the former VP (she was a surrogate campaigner for Sanders), she’s come out in support of his candidacy since Sanders dropped out of the race. However, despite her strong support for his campaign, AOC admits there are still stones left unturned regarding Biden’s sexual assault allegations.

In an interview, AOC says it’s absolutely ‘legitimate to talk about’ the allegations against Joe Biden.

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The congresswoman was asked about the allegation against the former vice president during an online forum hosted by The Wing, a women’s network and community space, by a questioner who said she was strongly opposed to President Trump’s reelection but that she also “really resent[s] the fact that the other choice is someone who has a really long history of being creepy to women,” citing the allegation by former staffer Tara Reade.

“I think it’s legitimate to talk about these things,” AOC responded, according to CBS News. “And if we want, if we again want to have integrity, you can’t say, you know — both believe women, support all of this, until it inconveniences you, until it inconveniences us.”

“I think a lot of us are just in this moment where it’s like, how did we get here? You know, it almost felt like we started this cycle where we had kind of moved on from, you know, from all of this. And now it feels like we’re kind of back in it,” she added. “You know, the most diverse field that we’ve ever seen — that we’re kind of back kind of replaying old movies in a way.”

Reade herself responded to AOC’s insights, saying she was proud to have the congresswoman weigh in — for the first time — on her allegations in a public way.

In the summer of 2019, Ms. Reade was one of several women to accuse Biden of a history of inappropriate touching and invasion of personal space. At the time, he said that while he apologized if he made anyone feel uncomfortable, he was not sorry for any of his intentions.

It was in the midst of the primary contest this spring that Reade made a more serious and more specific allegation against Biden, accusing him of pinning her against a wall and seriously assaulting her in the spring of 1993.

The Biden campaign has vehemently denied the allegation – although Biden hasn’t spoken about this particular one in public at all.

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His campaign told the New York Times, “It is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.” They also cited Biden’s role as an author of the Violence Against Women Act in response to the accusation.

“Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women,” Kate Bedingfield, a deputy Biden campaign manager, said in a statement to the Times.

“He authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully.”

AOC also said it’s not fair to prioritize beating Trump in November over hearing the stories of survivors.

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“A lot of us are survivors, and it’s really, really hard and uncomfortable,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that choosing not to talk about the allegations is the “exact opposite of integrity.”

It’s “not okay” to prioritize beating Trump over discussing ugly and sensitive accusations against the other candidate, she said, because those issues are “very legitimate things.”

Despite the call for transparency, AOC committed to supporting Biden in his campaign against Trump.

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Speaking during a Wednesday morning appearance on “The View,” she said she was “absolutely” supporting presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, arguing that “the stakes are too high when it comes to another four years of Trump.”

My community especially has been so impacted by the Trump administration,” AOC said of her feelings on the general election choices.

“For a lot of communities, this is an issue of life or death. We’ve had kids in cages, we’ve had a pandemic response that happened way too late, that has cost us lives, we have people that don’t have access to critical care that they need. I think it’s really important that we rally behind our Democratic nominee in November,” she continued.

AOC, who endorsed Sanders last fall, went on to speak out against voters going with a third-party candidate if Biden isn’t their ideal pick.

“I think it’s important to communicate some empathy. I know for a lot of people this was not the outcome that they may have wanted, and this was not the choice that they wanted to make. But ultimately, when it comes to those two, I don’t think it’s particularly close in terms of what communities will be made more vulnerable,” she continued.