Movies, music and more in this week's News is Good. Photo: Amsterdam Gay Canal Pride/Canva

News is Good is a weekly column 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.

Lesbian Herstory Archives named an official NYC Landmark. The Lesbian Herstory Archives’ Brooklyn building was designated an individual landmark by the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission this past week. The archive has been in its Park Slope location since 1993, but has been preserving and cataloging lesbian history since 1974.  

Mae Krelll releases two new songs to go along with her EP “imposter syndrome.” Photo by: Alex Lyon

Queer singer/songwriter Mae Krell releases ‘imposter syndrome (b-sides). The 23-year old Krell blends folk-pop with jazzy undertones to create “intimate reflections that confront trauma, self-love, personal truths and queer identity.” Songs “tooth fairy” and “(like) spring” were originally intended to be part of Krell’s “imposter syndrome” EP released in February. Krell is one of the recipients of the 2022 LGBTQ+ Emerging Artist Award through the Music Forward Foundation.

Trans History Initiative launched in D.C. Thanks in large part to a $15,000 grant from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, D.C.’s Rainbow History Project has launched the Trans History Initiative. The initiative will focus on better integrating and featuring transgender histories into the Rainbow History Project’s current programming.

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“Spoiler Alert” film with Jim Parsons premieres Friday. Out actors Parsons and Ben Aldridge star in the love story based on journalist Michael Ausiello’s memoir “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.” Ausiello’s book and subsequent film deals with loss, love and living on in the face of grief.

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San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus singing “New Year’s Carol”

It’s Gay Men’s Chorus holiday concert season! Gay Men’s Choruses around the country are preparing for holiday concerts. San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will be led for the first time by new Artistic Director and Conductor Jacob Stensberg, and kick off concerts Dec. 2. New York City Gay Men’s Chorus‘ “Twinkly Lights: Songs for a Gayer Winter” happens Dec. 16-17, while Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is performing “A Motown Holiday” Dec. 17-18.

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