We're kicking off the holiday season with some good news. Photo: Antonbr Anton/Canva

Welcome to our weekly column, News is Good, featuring 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.

YouTube video

The Emmy-winning HBO Max show “We’re Here” returns to change hearts and minds for a third season. Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela and Eureka O’Hara are back and heading to even more small towns in the U.S. to bring their joyous message of love and acceptance. This season, the trio face more pushback than ever before, but that doesn’t stop them from taking LGBTQ+ people and allies under their wings for drag performances of a lifetime. You can watch the premiere of “We’re Here” Season Three now on HBO Max.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Jinkx Monsoon to join the cast of Broadway’s “Chicago.” Monsoon, who is an experienced actor and cabaret performer, steps into the heels of the Cook Country Matron “Mama” Morton, who rules the roost in Broadway’s second longest running musical. She begins her 8-week run Jan. 16.

YouTube video

Amy Schneider is a winner again! Congratulations to “Jeopardy” phenom Schneider who can now add Tournament of Champions winner to her already impressive list of accomplishments. For the win, Schneider took home the grand prize of $250,000 and bragging rights of a lifetime.

Dove Cameron dedicates her American Music Award to the queer community. Cameron, who identifies as queer herself, picked up an award for New Artist of the Year, largely thanks to her song “Boyfriend.” In her acceptance speech, Cameron said, “I want to start by saying that every award that I ever win will always be first and foremost dedicated to the queer community at large.” She also honored the victims of the Colorado Springs tragedy. “On the heels of the tragedy that happened at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is, and how important our community is.” You can watch Cameron perform “Boyfriend” live at the AMAs, here.

The Queer Big Apple Corps makes history this Thanksgiving. The QBAC has been making music since 1979 and has grown to over 250 members. For the first time, the corps marched in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was also the first time that an LGBTQ+ band was selected to perform in the parade. They joined marching bands from around North America, including The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band and The University of Missouri’s Marching Mizzou.

Do you have good news you want to share with us? Email our team at newsisout@localmedia.org.