Welcome to the first installment of our new weekly column, News is Good, where we feature positive news about the LGBTQ+ community. Too much of what we see in mainstream media coverage focuses on the challenges we face and not the celebrations. Here are five things we’re excited about this week.
Kelley Robinson to lead Human Rights Campaign. Former executive director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Robinson is the first Black, queer woman to lead the LGBTQ+ advocacy group and will begin her tenure as president Nov. 28.
Hulu’s Huluween Dragstravaganza announces cast and gives fans a killer tease. Get ready for chills and thrills with drag stars and hosts Ginger Minj and Monét X Change, and a lineup featuring Mo Heart, Jujubee, Manila Luzon, Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, Selene Luna, Landon Cider and Mario Diaz. The special premieres Oct. 1, just in time for spooky season to begin.
Janelle Monáe receives Trevor Project’s 2022 Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award. The nonbinary queer musician/actor is being recognized for their “unwavering commitment to LGBTQ mental health awareness” by the LGBTQ+ suicide prevention organization. Of the honor, Monáe said, “I want every young queer person out there to know that I see you, you are beautiful in all of your forms, and you are never, ever alone in this world. As someone who has dealt with depression and anxiety, prioritizing and protecting your mental health is everything.”
New York Giants teamed up with New York Gay Football League for LGBTQ+ Football Clinic. Pros and coaches joined the NYGFL in welcoming LGBTQ+ flag football players for a special clinic last week. Amateur players got to work alongside safety Trenton Thompson and offensive quality control coach Angela Baker.
LGBTQ+ film & media festival Newfest announces 2023 lineup. Film buffs, get ready for an all-star lineup at this year’s Newfest, including the Harry Styles-led “My Policeman,” “Mama’s Boy” a documentary about screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s childhood and Cannes Jury Prize winner, “Close.” Newfest kicks off in New York City and virtually Oct. 13.
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