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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

A Geographer Just Created A Digital Map Of Mexico Highlighting Taco Shops And It’s A Thing Of Beauty

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A Geographer Just Created A Digital Map Of Mexico Highlighting Taco Shops And It’s A Thing Of Beauty

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One of the biggest changes that the so called digital revolution has brought to our lives is the capacity that today’s computer systems have to process huge amounts of data. Processors today are able to run algorithms that bring together millions of data entries to find trends, cluster groups of similar objects and generate visualizations that can help us understand even the most complex aspects of science and culture. This is known popularly as “big data” and has changed the ways in which governments and companies understand reality and make decisions. For example, before high speed processing mathematicians took literally years to make sense of census data and find correlations between factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, age and literacy levels.

Guess what? This can be done today with a few clicks as computers bring together millions upon millions of data entries and make sense of it all. It all sounds very geeky, but big data is defining how we live our lives, from how traffic lights coordinate to how much tax you gotta pay each year.

So all this geeky, nerdy stuff should be put to good use, o no?

Enter Mexican geographer Baruch Sangines, a true wizard when it comes to generating great data visualizations.

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This young scientist is the Chief Data Scientist at a company called Jetty, and he does some pretty groundbreaking research on pressing social issues such as housing and poverty.

His LinkedIn profile is pretty impressive: “Experience in public and private sector with skills to analyze and visualize data related to: commuting, transit, housing, tourism, migration, security, and urban environment. Expert in territorial analysis and passionate about the cartography and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to visualize small and big data”. Wow. hold your horses, Einstein! He is a proud graduate of Mexico’s National University and has Master’s Degree on Demographics and Statistics. 

So why did he go viral on Mexican social media in the past few days? We mean, science is sexy but not viral sexy (sadly!). All because of this map:

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No, it is not a visualization of WiFi points in Mexico. No, it is not a rendition of cartel activity. No, it is not a highlight of the areas in which development runs at a faster pace. It is about something much, much more relevant to everyday life in Mexico lindo y querido. Any guesses?

Nothing is more important than a delicious taco when you most need it! 

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Just look at that tortilla, a bit crispy, a bit soft… and that perfectly marinated meat… 

Well, Baruch created a visualization of taco stands in Mexico and nos ponemos de pie ante tal maravilla! 

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Baruch called this visualization Taco Universe, and it showcases all the registered taco stands and shops in the country. We can clearly see that there is a high concentration of taco shrines in the capital Mexico City, and that hotspots like Cancun and Cabo are also highlighted, perhaps thanks to gringo tourism craving fish tacos. The scientists used the database Directorio Estadístico Nacional de Unidades Económicas (Denue) (Statistical National Directory of Economic Units) from the federal census agency INEGI. The map highlights how taco culture is primarily based in the center of the country, with local varieties such as Puebla’s tacos arabes (a shawarma like type) increasing the traffic in that area. 

But it is important to note that many taco stands are not accounted for (and that is not this scientist’s fault).

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Thousands of Mexicans subsist in an informal economy with businesses that are not registered and pay no taxes. Among these businesses, mobile taco stands reign supreme. There are hundreds of taco stands all around the country that are set up informally. Sometimes you can find the most delicious tacos there! You can also find informal vendors selling tacos de canasta, a variety that is literally carried in a basket. This map does not take these informal enterprises into account, even though they are key to Mexico’s taco culinary tradition. 

So you are curious about tacos de canasta now, aren’t you? 

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Well, just look at these crispy, sweaty, fat-rich babes. Tacos de canasta are filled with guisados or stews, or with refried beans. We are almost sure that Baruch did not include them in his map, but we can forgive him for making us crave unos taquitos (we bet you are calling your comadres or compas right now to hit the taco stand) and showing us how Mexico is a country that despite its many challenges still finds time to live up to the old adage: barriga llena, corazon contento. 

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