Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! Columbus wasn't the hero we sometimes think him to be, and today — and every day — we celebrate instead the culture and traditions of those who lived on the land long before it was colonized. #upworthy
Edie Windsor was a pioneering LGBTQ activist who boisterously paved the way for modern equality in the United States by challenging the Defense of Marriage Act set forth by the U.S. government in 1996. Her landmark legal victory in 2013 aided progress for LGBTQ members all over the country that sought to get married — and for that, among many other reasons, she will be remembered. #rip#upworthy 📷: @gettyimages / Chip Somodevilla
A day we will never forget. Holding NYC in our hearts today and always, remembering each and every person who lost their life that day and honoring the first responders who braved it all to show us what courage looks like in the midst of chaos. 📷: @gettyimages / U.S. Navy / Chris Hondros
About 800,000 DREAMers are at risk if DACA ends in the next six months. We stand by DREAMers, and so does @barackobama. Click the link in bio to read his heartfelt response that’s gone viral … and then call your representative. #letthemdream Image by: @seanryanpierce
We're holding these words high in light of this weekend's events in #Charlottesville. Our hearts go out to Heather Heyer and her family, the many folks who came out to protest hate peacefully and were injured, and the two state troopers who lost their lives. We cling to the belief that we're all stronger when we come together. #upworthy
James Baldwin was an iconic American writer who taught us that justice should prevail and everyone deserves the right to a fair future. Today, on what would be his 93rd birthday, we salute him. "It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." — James Baldwin #upworthy 📷 by Jenkins/ Getty Images
#ad After a service trip to Tanzania sparked an interest in discovering his heritage, this artist created a stunning photo exhibit that drew from the findings of his @ancestry DNA test. Now he’s inspiring others, including at-risk youth, to learn about their own backgrounds as a reminder that everyone has both a community and a unique place in the world. Uncovering one’s own personal history instills an invaluable sense of belonging that can completely change lives. Learn more about his story at upworthy.com/ancestry. #heritage
#sponsored This artist created a beautiful and moving photography series, inspired by the results of his @ancestry DNA test. Check out his story, and many others, on Upworthy.com/ancestry now. #upworthy#ancestry#art
Even the most creative people experience self-doubt at times. Jonathon Youshaei of @everyvowel makes comics that infuse humor with inspiration to bring some humanity back into everyday challenges. Currently trending as our Most Shared article on the site. www.upworthy.com ⭐️ #upworthy
#PromotedPost She was looking for a way to try and fight the xenophobia and fear she saw in the world, so she started by shining a light. With her @Ancestry DNA results, Connie found out just how much of a #globalcitizen she is — her #family roots dig in to almost every continent — and started a conversation at her job about how they could show that none of us belongs to any one country. Learn more about her story and how she discovered her place as a global citizen at upworthy.com/ancestry. #heritage
#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.