Our weekly column, News is Good, features 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 a few things we’re excited about this week.
Michigan outlaws state-sanctioned conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ youth. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed HB 4616 and 4617, making it unlawful for state licensed mental health professionals to perform conversion on minors. The bills were passed by the Michigan House in June.
“Heartstopper” Season Two gets a trailer. Nick, Charlie and the gang are growing up and dealing with love, friendship and coming out in the new season dropping Aug. 3 on Netflix.
Mary’s House for Older Adults breaks ground in D.C. In a ceremony attended by Mayor Muriel Bowser and other D.C. lawmakers, Mary’s House for Older Adults broke ground on a new development that will house 15 LGBTQ+ seniors in the Fort Dupont neighborhood. The development will include “common spaces such as a reception area, great room, porch, kitchen, dining, living room, and administrative offices.” It’s the first dedicated housing development for LGBTQ+ seniors in the D.C. area.
“Two Dykes and a Mic” podcast to tour U.S. The popular podcast hosted by queer comedians McKenzie Goodwin and Rachel Scanlon will be hitting the road to bring their insights on dating, queer life and more to a town near you. The tour kicks off Aug. 1 in Houston, Texas. If you want to see “two queer best friends who are funny, horny, and full of heart, discussing sex, love, and middle-aged actresses” check out TwoDykesAndAMic.com.