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.
Revry honors Kylie Minogue, Alex Newell and more. Revry, the first global LGBTQ+ streaming service, held its eight annual QueerX Awards on National Coming Out Day, “honoring influential personalities in culture, entertainment and sports who have impacted the LGBTQ+ community.” Awards in categories like Queer Athlete of the Year and Drag Artist of the Year were presented in the live event which is available for streaming now on Retry’s streaming channel.
Black Cat Tavern receives California state landmark plaque. The Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles, where the infamous New Year’s police raid happened in 1967, has become the state’s first officially recognized LGBTQ+ landmark. While the gay bar is long gone, a restaurant of the same name stands in its place. The marker and plaque is now available for all visitors to see.
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame welcomes its 2023 class of inductees. The group, which started in 1991, honored a new group of honorees last week at a ceremony presided over by Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson. Inductees included LGBTQ+-focused journalist and former Windy City Times executive editor Andrew Davis, E3 Radio Founder Anna DeShawn and Pritzker Military Library Founder and veteran Col. Jennifer Pritzker.
Netflix’ “Fall of the House of Usher” premieres with multiple LGBTQ+ characters. Mike Flanagan’s latest gothic horror series lands on Netflix this week, and his adaptation of the Edgar Allen Poe story includes multiple queer characters, including key members of the Usher family.