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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.

Human Rights Campaign and Showtime announce 2023 winners of the “Queer to Stay” LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative. 25 small LGBTQ+ owned businesses around the country will receive awards to help continue their work, from mental health services to bars and restaurants serving the community. Since its inception in 2020, “Queer to Stay” has awarded $750,000 to LGBTQ+-owned businesses.

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The “Mean Girls” musical trailer debuts. Familiar faces like Tina Fey and Tim Meadows join a new cast of actors including out LGBTQ+ performers Renee Rapp and Jaquel Spivey in the trailer for the musical adaptation of the 2004 hit movie. “Mean Girls” opens Jan. 12.

Oakland, California welcomes an official LGBTQ+ district. In a resolution that passed 7-0 by the Oakland City Council, The Lakeshore LGBTQ Cultural District has become a reality. It became the second cultural district acknowledged by the city, the first being the Black Arts Movement Business District. The community celebrated with a press conference and performances by the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus and drag performer Vicki Sparkle Titz.

National Park Service considers the lesbian Furies Collective as a National Historic Landmark. The row house in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was the epicenter for the lesbian feminist collective in the ’70s. The house where the Furies produced its newsletter was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 and is now being considered for further historic status.