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.
Philadelphia Gay News receives news sustainability initiative grant. PGN, a member of the News is Out collaboration, is one of the recipients of a local news sustainability grant from The Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Along with 17 other honorees, PGN received $100,000 “to make significant investments in future sustainability through digital transformation, adding new operations and staff, and adding a multimedia news component.”
Queer holiday rom-com “A Holiday I Do” is now available. The newest project by queer-owned Tello Films stars Lindsay Hicks as Jane, a single mom who falls for her ex-husband’s wedding planner Sue, played by Rivkah Reyes, during the holiday season. Both lead actors are part of the LGBTQ+ community.
GLAAD to receive Governors Award at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards. LGBTQ+ media organization GLAAD will be honored with the award at the Jan. 15 awards broadcast. The award is presented to “an individual, company or organization that has made a profound, transformational and long-lasting contribution to the arts and/or science of television.” Of the recognition, Chair of the Television Academy Frank Scherma said, “GLAAD has been at the forefront of advocating for fair and accurate LGBTQ representation for many years and through its education and advocacy programs, it has had a culture-changing impact.”
The Abbey to stay in the “family.” West Hollywood, California’s The Abbey Food & Bar, and The Chapel at The Abbey have been bought by tech entrepreneur and LGBTQ+ community member Tristan Schukraft. The iconic bar and restaurant spaces had been for sale since July and will remain open and serving the queer community of West Hollywood.