Unlearning toxic masculinity can be difficult. Here are a few role models who can help.

We talk a lot about toxic masculinity.

It seems like people are starting to confound the meaning of the term.

“Oh, so you’re saying that masculinity is TOXIC, ” they say. “That’s SEXIST against MEN, ” they say.

To them I say: Stop being willfully obtuse.

If I said, “Whoa, that’s a rabid prairie dog, ” would you intentionally misunderstand me and yell at me for being a dingbat who thinks that ALL prairie puppies are rabid?

I didn’t say that, bro.

When I refer to “toxic masculinity, ” I’m not labeling all masculinity as toxic. Just like when I tell, “Oh shit, there’s a rabid prairie dog coming at you, ” I’m not saying that all prairie dogs are rabid.

But I am saying that some prairie puppies are clearly foaming at the mouth, means that something could be spreading through the colony — and sometimes you can’t tell the sick ones merely by looking at them.

Same thing with men .

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No , not all forms of masculinity are toxic. But yes, some are.

Here’s what can look like 😛 TAGEND

Repression of impressions like sadness, fear, insecurity, and the related behaviours like crying, concealing, or talking about feelings. Example: “Boys don’t sob! Be a man! ”

Over-expression of indignation through behaviors that are violent, erratic, and intended to dominate. Example: “What’d you say? You can’t talk to me like that!* punches *) ”

Need to be strong, dominant, and alpha, and fear of carrying “weakening” impressions or behaviours like affection, vulnerability, tenderness, kindness, gentleness, heartbreak. Example: “My wife simply had a newborn. Whatever, let’s close the deal.”

Sexual entitlement and violence. Instance: “You know you want this.”

Transference of responsibility for impressions, actions, and outcomes to women. Example: “You just made me so mad.”

Mocking or rejecting men who do not adhere to these “dominant, ” “alpha male” standards of behavior. Example: “Don’t be a fag, Mike. Hey, everybody, look at Mike — he’s all butthurt like a little girl.”

Extreme fragility, because a man is told his sense of ego is dependent on the idea that he is dominant rather than the idea that he is inherently valuable just for being who he is.

Passing on these behaviours and postures to their children. Devastatingly.

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Amy Schumer is using her birthday to send a clear message about gun control.

June 1 is Amy Schumer’s birthday.

In lieu of cards or well-wishes, however, the comedian is asking her fans for a more sobering gift: for each one of them to devote a damn about America’s gun violence crisis.

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In an Instagram post shared with her nearly 7 million followers, Schumer encouraged everyone to wear orange on June 1.

“Hi! Tomorrow is my bday, ” the starring, who turns 37 this year, began her caption. “If you want to say happy birthday to me please do it by joining me for #wearorangeday tomorrow as a sign to objective firearm violence. Everytown.org can help! “

Since two women were shot and killed at a Louisiana screening of her 2015 comedy, “Trainwreck, ” Schumer’s been a vocal advocate for gun reform on “the member states national” stage.

“These shootings have got to stop, ” she said during a press conference calling for action alongside her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer. “I don’t know how else to say it.”

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The Wear Orange Day Schumer’s promoting — organized by Everytown for Gun Safety — has been turning misfortune into real change.

The day’s historical significance dates back to 2013, when Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed just days after having performed at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade.

She was 15 years old.

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In the aftermath of her death, Pendleton’s friends wore orange to honor her memory, and Everytown took component. Wear Orange grew from there, becoming a national day of remembrance for all victims of firearm violence and a plea to change the status quo.

This year’s Wear Orange Day, however, comes at an especially pivotal moment.

With the horrific shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, still fresh in many of our intellects, Americans are especially hungry for smarter, sensical firearm laws to help keep their communities safe.

With the November midterms six months away, Everytown believes that hunger can save lives.

“Our movement gains momentum when handgun sense activists are working together to fight for a future free from handgun violence, ” Wear Orange’s website reads. “Wear Orange Weekend is an opportunity for us to depict the country just how powerful we are.”

You can be part of the answer . Find a local Wear Orange event in your community .

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The world is grinning from ear to ear over this hilarious queer double proposal.

When Becky McCabe proposed to her girlfriend, Jessa Gillaspie, she had no idea that her response would be … fairly darn remarkable.

It all went down at the Memphis Zoo, the place of the couple’s first date. Bringing friends along to capture the moment, McCabe had arranged for one of her friends to capture the proposal on video. But, as she knelt down to propose, the response from her girlfriend wasn’t what she expected.

Gillaspie giggled and turned to pull out her own involvement ring for McCabe. She’d planned to propose to the love of their own lives that day, too.

There were tears of elation. Lots of them.

Image via CBS News/ Twitter.

Is that not the most heartwarming response to “Will you marry me? ” ever ?!

The world is in awe at the beautiful, adorable, downright loving proposal.

The responses to the video show just how important representation is and that lifelong love for queer couple is possible.

The number of same-sex marriages has continued to rise in all regions of the U.S. since it was legalized in 2015, as have the positive responses to queer couples.

Still, that representation sometimes doesn’t make its style into mainstream culture. The Trump administration continues to try and roll back LBGTQ rights, including protection for LGBTQ workers, and removing LGBTQ-friendly language from government documents. Wedding companies still cater to straight couples, fag people fights to navigate their route through dating spaces, and same-sex couples often find few examples of themselves in television and in pop culture.

But, that’s slowly changing, and it’s extremely important that queer young people know that love is possible .

Love is often the thing that moves us forward. If these lovebirds are any show, our world is doing just that.

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I didnt understand male privilege until I became a stay-at-home dad.

When my wife returned to work after parental leave, I took my first journey to the grocery with two kids.

Little did I know I would return home feeling like a hero.

On a Monday morning, I pushed the green cart with flame decals through the second situate of sliding doorways and towards the deli. My 3-year-old son was strapped in the seat and my 3-month-old son was wrap against my chest.

As a stay-a-home father strolling through the grocery, I felt conflicting emotions — love for caring for my sons and annoyance with being an unemployed 37 -year-old man.

At the deli, I exchanged pleasantries with a young woman behind the counter and ordered a pound of sliced turkey breast. I was instantly surrounded by a group of female employees. They leaned close to admire my newborn son as he raised his bald head from the green cloth wrap.

“I never could get mine to like the wrap, ” one said.

“I bet y’all have so much fun together, ” another said.

“You are the best dad ever, ” another said.

I swelled with pride. Maybe they re right! Maybe I am the best dad ever .

I soaked in the praise before tossing my sliced turkey into the cart and heading toward the produce.

As I strolled, more remarks came from fellow shoppers, and I absorbed them, dedicating little thought to the reason why I merited heightened attention.

“Nice baby wearing, ” a young lady said.

“That is one way to keep ’em warm, ” an elderly female said.

“Man, you are taking this dad thing to the next level, ” a container boy at checkout said.

The series of verbal high-fives inflated my ego and, after receiving the receipt from the cashier, I smiled and pushed our flaming green cart through the sliding doorways like a stone superstar strolling offstage.

I had no clue I was benefiting from male privilege.

I enjoy the attention I receive as a stay-at-home daddy; it’s nice to have impressed eyes turned on me.

My rationale for basking in the compliments is that I spend most of my time wading through dirty diapers, spit-up, and spilled Cheerios. I deserve some praise, right?

I thought so, until one Sunday morning I sipped coffee and read an article( a rare kids-free moment in the kitchen) about faux male feminists. The article included commentaries from Tal Peretz, a sociology prof at Auburn University, who described a idea called “the pedestal effect.”

As I read, my male privilege became uncomfortably visible . The pedestal effect refers to when men receive undeserved praise, attention, and rewards for performing run traditionally done by women, like carrying a newborn in a wrap.

At the grocery store, I willingly stepped on the pedestal and used my privilege to gain attention for basic child care.

And as I reflected on Peretz’s words, other pedestal moments flashed in my mind. This realization was not something I could ignore.

If you believe in gender equality, “its not” hard to understand why it is problematic to place one gender on a pedestal for doing the bare minimum, while another bears the bulk of the child care. Not merely is it unjust, but it’s also not in the best interests of families and can place stress on them when parenting roles are unbalanced.

For men who value gender equality and healthy families, assisting in lowering the pedestal is imperative .

After reading Peretz’s remarks, I wrestled with how to respond and, hopefully, how to help other fathers was increasingly aware of this privilege. I reached out to him to discuss the pedestal consequence, and he offered practical ways to counter male privilege.

He reminded me of the complexity of privilege and how it operates on different levels — individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural.

We cannot dismantle institutions and structures by ourselves, but we can start with naming our privilege and devoting credit to girls wherever it is due.

Naming our privilege through raising awareness is a good place to begin, because men have been socialized to interact with women in particular routes, and it can be difficult for us to see how we are perpetuating gender inequality.

Peretz recommends using resources such as privilege checklists to identify your advantages. These resources can help us move unconscious thoughts and behaviours into the illumination of awareness. Ideally, this work will lead to interpersonal change.

Men can stimulate the effort to closely listen to women to understand how they perceive male privilege . And, most importantly, we need to believe females.

Maybe you remain skeptical that a pedestal effect exists for fathers. Ask a mom whether she believes fathers benefit from undeserved kudo. Her answer might surprise you. Men get attention and kudo for doing run girls do every day.

Raising awareness and listening are important steps, but I also wanted to know how to best react when devoted undeserved attention.

Peretz recommends reacting “with humility and a sense of humor, ” while bringing attention and awareness back to the run females have been doing for a long time.

For example, at the deli, I could have redirected the conversation. I could’ve used one of these playful answers suggested by Peretz: “Yeah, I’m really glad that my wife did all the heavy lifting of pregnancy and childbirth so I’d get to enjoy this little monster, ” or “I actually appreciate that, but it’s nothing my mom didn’t have to do for me! ”

I want to do a better job of stepping off the pedestal and challenging sexist notions about parenting.

I want to better align myself with the women who have been doing this work for generations and assist them in creating more balanced roles within families. And I want to share the most important lesson I’ve learned while reflecting on this issue, which is that not only should I do this work because it is the right thing to do, but also because I need it.

Men need to be liberated from the rigid forms of masculinity that create a pedestal in the first place. Only when we step off them can we hope to be free.

This story originally appeared in the On Parenting segment of The Washington Post and is reprinted here with permission .

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Vets are outraged over Trump’s self-congratulatory Memorial Day tweet.

On Memorial Day, President Donald Trump decided to tweet this:

“Happy Memorial Day! ” the message began. “Those who died for our large country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18 years ), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice! “

We rarely insure political messages like that one shared on Memorial Day. Many Americans( and certainly most politicians) avoid wishing others a “happy” Memorial Day. The vacation — which has existed in some form dating back to at least the 1860 s — honors Americans who’ve lost their lives serving in the armed forces. It’s a sobering day.

It constructs sense that chairmen tend to downplay partisanship and avoid self-promotion on Memorial Day. But Trump — with a tweet that devoted his administration credit for economic success largely experienced under his predecessor — has yet again broken the status quo.

Advocacy group Vote Vets explosion Trump’s tweet shortly after it published.

The progressive group — which fights for veterans on a number of issues like employment and health care — called Trump’s tweet “the most inappropriate[ Memorial Day] commentary that a[ chairperson] has ever made.”

“Self-promotion on a day to recollect the fallen, and wishing those remembering their deceased loved ones a ‘happy’ holiday is appalling, ” Vote Vets wrote.

Vote Vets wasn’t the only one outraged or noting how absurd the tweet’s message truly was.

Conservative Arkansas legislator Nate Bell slammed Trump’s statements as “disgusting, ” pointing out Trump dodged the draft as a young man.

Daniel Dale, a political reporter for The Toronto Star, pinpointed why — even for Trump — the tweet was uniquely Trumpian.

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Ann Telnaes, an editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post, generated a illustration that built Trump’s terms into a damning visual.

Political commentator David Frum, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, considers the tweet the “grossest” Memorial Day message ever from a U.S. president.

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Even Dictionary.com c himed in.

“Memorial Day is defined as ‘a day set aside in most the member states of the U.S. for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars, ‘” the organization tweeted. “Not find: Economic reports.”

This is the second time Trump has tweeted something incredibly inappropriate on Memorial Day. Why doesn’t he get it?

Memorial Day is a profoundly personal and difficult day for many Americans.

Some of us haven’t been personally affected by the loss of a loved one serving in the military. And some of us have strong sentiments about the validity of the wars we’ve struggle and the political motives behind them.

But Memorial Day has never been about those things — just like it’s never been about unemployment numbers, or barbecuing hot dogs, or relishing in a day off from work. It’s about remembering those who’ve lost their lives.

Hopefully our chairwoman will understand that by May 2019.

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Chelsea Clinton showed everyone how to respond to Roseanne’s toxic tweets.

Roseanne had quite a day on Twitter. And Chelsea Clinton knew exactly what to do about it.

Hours before Roseanne Barr’s infamous tweet that got her reveal canceled, she was already caught up in another Twitter meltdown, sending unsolicited, hateful tweets to Chelsea Clinton.

On May 28, Barr tweeted at the former first daughter, with a jab at billionaire George Soros, a favorite target of right-wing conspiracy theoreticians 😛 TAGEND

Rather than lower herself to Roseanne’s level, Clinton responded with simple facts and a measure of kindness her attacker candidly didn’t deserve 😛 TAGEND

Hours subsequently, Roseanne’s racist tweet predominated the news. But it’s worth following the Twitter trail of evidence.

By the morning of May 29, Roseanne was the biggest story on Twitter. A vile racist tweet directed at former Obama White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett left ABC little option but to cancel Roseanne’s TV show. That’s plainly a huge narrative but if you look at Roseanne’s Twitter feed over the past 24 hours, it’s clear this wasn’t an isolated incident .

Roseanne compared Clinton’s appearance to an animal, accused her of sympathizing with Nazis, and retweeted others claiming Clinton was part of a “conspiracy” to defend Soros.

In context, Roseanne’s more infamous racist tweet is less shocking than inevitable . If we weren’t talking about her display get canceled, we’d almost certainly be talking about any one of the other offensive, inaccurate, and bizarre things she’s tweeted.

Hopefully Roseanne honors her promise to take a breach from Twitter. We’d rather honor people like Clinton for the good things they’re doing.

After apologizing for her racist tweet, Roseanne said she was leaving Twitter.

Meanwhile, if you’re not a regular follower of Chelsea Clinton on Twitter, her artful handled in Roseanne’s invective isn’t her first rodeo when it comes to showing the world of social media a better style forward.

Despite her outspoken criticism of President Donald Trump, she was quick to defend his young son Barron when he became the specific objectives of cruel jokes online in January 2017. And after a “Saturday Night Live” writer made a joke about the then-1 0-year-old, Clinton quickly answered telling, “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”

Now, if more people could just act like adults, we might not need Clinton to explain the rules of decent engagement to Roseanne and others on Twitter. But in the meantime, we’re glad she’s there spreading a message of decency and kindness.

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Ariana Grande’s must-read response to a fan’s rude tweet. Lesson learned.

Miller and Grande perform at a benefit show in Manchester following an attack at one of her concerts. Photo by Getty Images/ Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester.

On May 9, TMZ reported that Ariana Grande and her boyfriend of virtually two years, Mac Miller, had called it quits.

The following day she released a statement on the split in an Instagram story, calling Miller “one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on countries around the world, ” adding, “I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have in my life in any form, at all times, regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us! “

People grow, people change, and sometimes relationships come to an end. That’s normal.

What’s not normal is telling Grande had an obligation to stay in a relationship with Miller, as one Twitter user suggested. Grande explained why.

“Mac Miller totaling his G wagon and getting a DUI after Ariana Grande dumped him for another dude after he poured his heart out on a 10 song album to her called the divine feminine is only the most heartbreaking thing happening in the middle Hollywood, ” Twitter user @FlintElijah posted.

This, in turn, inspired a replies from Grande, slamming the culture of blaming and dishonor women for the men in their life .

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“How absurd that you minimise female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which[ by the way] isn’t the occurrence( merely’ Cinderella’ is[ about] me ). I am not a babysitter or a mom and no female should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years( and always will of course) but dishonor/ blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his shit together is a very major problem. Let’s stop doing that . Of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was. I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out and that any other woman in this position does as well.”

This isn’t the first time Grande has responded to public criticism with personal and important commentary we can all learn from.

In this case, her reaction nails two key points about how we treat others:

First, it’s not fair to expect someone to stay in a relationship they don’t want to be in. Everyone is dealing with their own highs and lows. And secondly, we need to trust others to make decisions they feel are best for them, and support them through it all.

Grande performs at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. Photo by Christopher Polk/ Getty Images for Coachella.

In the end, the original tweeter offered a sincere apology, which Grande accepted. He heard the message, and so should the rest of us.

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Steve Bannon claimed MLK would be proud of Trump. King’s daughter shut him down.

Steve Bannon used to say Martin Luther King Jr. “would be proud” of Donald Trump. Umm, what ?

In predictable, reality-bending fashion, Trump’s former strategist and consultant Steve Bannon made a bold assert about how King would feel about Trump’s performance thus far in his presidency. Speaking to BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, he said, “If you look at the policies of Donald Trump, anybody … Martin Luther King would be proud of him, of what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community for jobs.”

Maitlis clarified — somehow with a straight face — “You believe Martin Luther King would be proud of Donald Trump as chairperson? ”

Bafflingly, Bannon charged straight ahead:

“You don’t suppose Martin Luther King would be proud? Appear at the unemployment we had in the black community five years ago. You don’t suppose Martin Luther King would sit there and run’ Yes, you’re putting young black men and women to run. There’s the lowest unemployment we’ve had in history. And wages are starting to rise among the working class. And you’ve finally stopped the illegal alien labor forces coming in and vying with them every day, and destroying the schools and destroying the healthcare.’ Absolutely.”

Mmm ‘kay.

Before we get to what King’s daughter had to say about that, let’s promptly review those unemployment numbers .

Indeed, the black unemployment rate is the lowest it’s ever seen. But that rate has been falling steadily since the middle of Obama’s term as chairman. Bannon specifies the change in the rate from five years ago, but neglects to acknowledge that the great majority of that drop happened under Obama.

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The same runs for Hispanic unemployment. Yes, it’s the lowest it’s been in 25 years, but it’s also been steadily falling since 2011 😛 TAGEND

Trump’s policies have not made some kind of dramatic turnaround in unemployment — the trend is simply continuing. There have been no miracles performed here, unless you consider riding on someone’s economic coattails a miracle.

Now, on to King’s response.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice shut Bannon down — real quick.

Bernice King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest infant, reacted to Bannon’s interview, and let’s just say she’s not having it.

Bernice King shared this image on Twitter the morning after Bannon’s interview. I imagine that’s precisely the face she made when “shes seen” it. Photo by Joe Raedle/ Getty Images.

” #SteveBannon has dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father’s name, run and terms, ” King wrote on Twitter. “Bannon’s assertion that my father, #MLK would be proud of Donald Trump wholly ignores Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc. being treated with dignity and respect.”

She then explained how her “father’s concerns were not sectional, but global.”

Screenshot via Bernice King/ Twitter .

Setting the record straight on what her father actually would and wouldn’t do, King wrote, “Further, he would not refer to people as ‘illegal aliens.’ The term is degrading and does not reflect his notion that we are all a part of the human family.” She added that he’d never pit one group against another.

Screenshot via Bernice King/ Twitter .

But she wasn’t done. She called Bannon’s comments “empty calories, ” and explained how her father would be “extremely disturbed” by the current political climate that emboldens people to “easily express and demonstrate brutality, predominantly toward people of color and immigrants.”

Screenshot via Bernice King/ Twitter .

King capped off her commentary with how her father would actually view those unemployment numbers:

Screenshot via Bernice King/ Twitter .

Well, there you have it, Mr. Bannon.

People of all political stripes try to mold Martin Luther King Jr. to fit their agenda. It’s a problem.

While usually more subtle and less blatantly ridiculous than Bannon’s affirmations, people often choice small pieces of King’s message to suit their narrative. But such simplification dishonors the man and his accomplishments. At the core, King was a revolutionary humanitarian. He championed not only the black American, but the poor person, the immigrant, and every human being experiencing oppression and injustice.

Thank goodness for Bernice King’s perspective in the age of cherry-pickingMLK quotes and whitewashing his legacy. We need to keep defending truth and shut down those who try to bend reality to justify racism and fear-mongering.

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Meet the progressive women who won big in last nights primaries.

The president may not have been on the ballot for these primary elections, but Trumpism surely lost.

Progressive women — many of whom represent marginalized groups targeted by the president — won races across the South on May 22, procuring slots in November’s midterms. The victories further cement what many political analysts consider a growing concern for the president and his party: girls running in record numbers on platforms that rebuke Trump’s policies and rhetoric.

And they’re winning many of their races, too.

Here are four progressive women who won big last night to keep an eye on through November .

1. Stacey Abrams, Georgia

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Abrams, a former house minority leader of Georgia’s General Assembly, became the first black female to secure a major party nomination for governor in the Peach State. With a win in November, she’d be the country’s first black female governor.

Georgia’s increasingly purple politics entails her campaign — which appeared to energize both rural communities of colour and younger progressives in Atlanta — got a real shot at success.

2. Lupe Valdez, Texas

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Valdez, a Democrat and former Dallas County Sheriff, uprooted the status quo with her runoff win in the Lone Star State, becoming the first Latina and openly lesbian nominee for governor in Texas.

Her platform is focused on, among many things, standing up for immigrant rights, curbing income inequality, and closing the gender wage gap.

3. Amy McGrath, Kentucky

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McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot and political newbie, won the Democratic primary in Kentucky’s 6th District by prioritizing K-1 2 education, inducing health care affordable, and persuading rural voters she’d stand up to special interest in Washington , D.C.

4. Gina Ortiz Jones, Texas

37-year-old Jones may be making all kinds of Texas history arrive November. If she wins against adversary Republican Will Hurd, she stands to become the first Iraq War veteran, first lesbian, and first Filipina-American to represent Texas in Congress.

Women are running, women are winning, and her story is being made each step of the way.

“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s history, ” Abrams said in her victory speech. “Where no one is unseen , no one is unheard, and no one is uninspired.”

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A black woman is a major party’s candidate for governor. It’s a groundbreaking first.

There was some beautiful, historic black daughter magical in the sweet country of Georgia on the night of May 22, 2018.

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Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for governor, becoming the first black woman in U.S. history to resulted a major party in a gubernatorial race.

Photo by Jessica McGowan/ Getty Images.

Her landmark victory sparked passion, excitement, and downright thrill across the nation. Many were pretty darn stoked.

YES YES YES~ @staceyabrams #teamabrams

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Though considered an underdog, Abrams real shot at taking on such an important political role is profound. If she wins, she would be the first black female governor in American history.

Abrams speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Photo by Alex Wong/ Getty Images.

Historically, black people have been extremely engaged in politics and activism, but few are in a position to take leading roles in government.

Currently, of the 535 each member of Congress, 51 are black( 46 representatives, two delegates, and three senators ). Those numbers are even smaller for black girls. The vast majority of black women currently in elected office represent majority-minority regions. But, with a win like this, Abrams is building it clear that the glass ceiling no longer exists for women of colour.

“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s history, where no one is unseen , no one is unheard, and no one is uninspired, ” Abrams said to supporters at an Atlanta hotel.

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Abrams’ road to the finishing line won’t be easy. Georgia is known as being a predominately red nation when it comes to major elections. She’ll be going up against a Republican nominee, likely the winner of a runoff in July between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, both heavy hitters in their party.

In spite of all these obstacles, Abrams has proven she’s up for the challenge, and it’s safe to tell she got some rad support behind her.

So what happens next?

Abrams will continue to prepare to run against a Republican candidate, and voters will make their choice known at the polls on Nov. 6, 2018. It should be an exciting ride to the finish line.

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