Welcome to our 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.
Ali Forney Center hosting Dance-A-Thon benefit. Put on your dancing shoes and help the NYC-based nonprofit raise some serious funds for LGBTQ+ homeless youth. The event takes place on Trans Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20, in Flushing, Queens and supporters are encouraged to put together teams to raise money to end food insecurity, while getting their dance on. Donations of $100 or more get you access to the event, with swag and VIP opportunities available.
Fans launch a billboard campaign to save the lesbian vampire series, “First Kill.” With 2022 being dubbed the year of “cancel your gays,” LGBTQ+ fans are pushing back against the cancelations of their favorite shows. This summer, Netflix canceled the fan-favorite lesbian vampire series “First Kill,” leaving fans frustrated with the loss of vital queer and Black representation. The fan group, Save First Kill, has launched a billboard campaign to try and reach Netflix’s boss Ted Sarandos about the importance of the show. You can see the billboard for yourself at 5800 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.
Country singer Brooke Eden graces the cover of Love Inc’s first print issue. Love Inc., a wedding publication that features LGBTQ+ and straight couples equally, debuted their inaugural print edition this month with cover star, Brooke Eden. Eden, an out country singer, and her fiancée Hilary Hoover are featured in the magazine for their upcoming nuptials and Eden’s recent coming out story.
ESPN celebrates LGBTQ+ sports fans as part of its “A Seat for Everyone” video. In ESPN’s newest marketing video, LGBTQ+ fans are highlighted as part of the wide and welcoming world of sports. Queer and trans flags are featured waving flags and cheering on their favorite teams and players, along with the Black Girl Hockey Club, Ukrainian football fans and the GOAT herself, Serena Williams.
Netflix and Dan Levy team up for a romantic comedy about grief. Out actor Levy will make his directorial debut with the film, “Good Grief” about a gay man who loses his partner and takes a trip to Paris with his two friends in an attempt to heal. The film stars Levy, Ruth Negga, Himesh Patel and Luke Evans. According to Netflix, the film will arrive on the streamer soon.
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