Good and Gay: Pride, coming out, and declaring Black Lives Matter

It’s Pride month and we’re bursting with pride at all the Good and Gay things that happened this week! From celebrities coming out to LGBTQ+ organizations speaking out in support of Black Lives Matter and protesters, there’s a whole lot to make you feel proud in this week’s roundup!

We’re also running a sale on workplace romances over at BellaBooks.com. This weekend’s sale is 40% off of books about the one—when the one is someone you work with. We love you and we want to keep you stocked with positive queer reading this month—and every month.

Over 100 LGBTQ+ organizations sign open letter in support of Black Lives Matter and protesters

As Pride month has begun, across the world protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality and anti-Black racism. Earlier this week, 100 LGBTQ+ organizations including HRC, GLAAD, and the Trevor Project have signed an open letter of solidarity—citing the role of Black trans women and Black folks in igniting the Stonewall Riots that changed the face of LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. GLAAD’s president Sarah Kate Ellis told Good Morning America: “It is all of our responsibility to speak out publicly against racism, systemic injustice, and police brutality, and to elevate voices and amplify stories of people of color, especially with the LGBTQ community.” Read more, including the letter in its entirety, here.

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Hip-Hop star Da Brat comes out

After 25 years in the closet, famous hip-hop star Da Brat has come out as a lesbian just in time for Pride month. Da Brat notes that had she come out in the nineties, it would have destroyed her career, but also bemoans not coming out sooner given the supportive responses she received. “Oh, my God, the reaction made me feel like, ‘Why didn’t I do this s— years ago?’” she told Variety. “I got so many positive messages, phone calls, and I had at least 1,500 texts. My DMs were flooded too.”

Congratulations on coming out, Da Brat! We love you!

Actor Lili Reinhart comes out

Lili Reinhart, a 23-year-old actor who appears on Riverdale and in Hustlers, recently came out as bisexual while sharing information for an LGBTQ+ for Black Lives Matter Protest. “Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “And I will be joining this protest today. Come join.”

Congratulations on coming out, Lili! Welcome to the fam!

Lesbian drag queen performs special medley for Pride

Miss Disney created a breathtaking medley for Pink News virtual Pride for All event. In the medley, Miss Disney queers songs from Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, and Frozen. “I am gay, I am gay, I like girls and that’s okay,” she sings. If you love Disney or ever picked up on the queer themes in those particular films, make sure you watch the video!

PBS’ Prideland Episode 3 discusses polyamory, demisexuality, and transness

In honor of Pride month, PBS started releasing Prideland, a short-form digital series exploring LGBTQ+ identity in the U.S. South, at the end of May. On Tuesday, a new episode will be released, focused on “Polyamory, Demisexuality and Being Transgender in the South.” In the upcoming episode, host Dyllón Burnside (Pose) talks to a group of diverse LGBTQ+ folks including Kiala Emmons, Dr. Celiany Rivera-Veláquez, and Cole Foust. According to PBS, “They talk candidly about asexuality, polyamorous relationships and how to manage diverging expectations in the queer community.” Tune in to this episode and the prior to on PBS Voices.

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