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Justin Trudeau is marching in a pride parade. Yeah, it's a big deal.

If you're a fan of human rights, you probably like Justin Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau is marching in a pride parade. Yeah, it's a big deal.

This week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unprecedented move when it comes to LGBT rights and visibility.

If you're someone who's paid close attention to his record on LGBT issues, the news likely isn't all that surprising. It might not seem like it's that big of a deal, but it's still historic.


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Trudeau will be Canada's first prime minister to march in Toronto's Pride Parade.

The popular PM plans to participate in the event this coming July alongside the country's first openly gay premier, Ontario's Kathleen Wynne, BBC News reported.

Trudeau — who's in favor of expanding protections for transgender Canadians and is seeking to end the outdated, homophobic barriers that prevent gay men from donating blood — is "very much look[ing] forward to being there again, this time as PM," he tweeted on Feb. 22, 2016.

“[It’s] big news in Canada, but big news around the world,” Mathieu Chantelois, Pride Toronto’s executive director, told BuzzFeed Canada.

If you're a big fan of social progress, you're probably a fan of Trudeau.

Of course, he hasn't been without his fair share of criticism throughout the years — like when he got called out for flip-flopping on gun laws or, more recently, caught flak from some political opponents for using taxpayer funds to pay family nannies (a move he defended).

By and large, however, Trudeau has been heralded as a leader moving Canada forward on human rights and equality.

Like when he appointed women to half his cabinet because, well, "it's 2015," as he put it.

Or when he called on more men to embrace the term "feminist."

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And remember that time he welcomed Syrian refugees to Canada with open arms?


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Yeah, that was great too.

He's also been an advocate for mending Canada's divisive relationship with its indigenous peoples and he made sure that his gender-equal cabinet was ethnically diverse as well.

Trudeau's decision to march may not seem like a very big deal in a country often seen as America's more liberal friend to the north.

But it is — even for Canada. Because pride parades aren't just about rainbow flags and colorful floats. They're symbolic of a community embracing its queer brothers and sisters as one. To have a world leader fully embracing that idea is history worth remembering.

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Increasingly customers are looking for more conscious shopping options. According to a Nielsen survey in 2018, nearly half (48%) of U.S. consumers say they would definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment.

But while many consumers are interested in spending their money on products that are more sustainable, few actually follow through. An article in the 2019 issue of Harvard Business Review revealed that 65% of consumers said they want to buy purpose-driven brands that advocate sustainability, but only about 26% actually do so. It's unclear where this intention gap comes from, but thankfully it's getting more convenient to shop sustainably from many of the retailers you already support.

Amazon recently introduced Climate Pledge Friendly, "a new program to help make it easy for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products." When you're browsing Amazon, a Climate Pledge Friendly label will appear on more than 45,000 products to signify they have one or more different sustainability certifications which "help preserve the natural world, reducing the carbon footprint of shipments to customers," according to the online retailer.

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Welcometoterranova and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Welcometoterranova-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.