Good and Gay: queer history, bisexual humor, and more

This week’s Good and Gay is all about queer history, bisexual humor, and our communities capacity to give back and support vulnerable members of our community. From telling the lesbian love story behind A League of Their Own to celebrating the historic appointment of Judge Grace Helen Whitener, this week’s Good and Gay is chocked full of queer goodness to help you get through this challenging time.

Here at Bella Media Channel, we pride ourselves on highlighting the positive queer content LGBTQ+ audiences deserve—with a special focus on lesbian, bisexual, nonbinary, and women loving women representation. Of course, that will never change—it’s in our DNA. Just as intrinsic to what we do is Five Good and Gay Things that Happened This Week, a weekly column created by our former managing editor Dana Piccoli. But in this case, things are about to change.

Five Good and Gay has been an incredible column that brings together disparate and exciting positive queer news from every corner of the internet. We’re going to be keeping that same spirit as we move forward, but as you may have noticed, Good and Gay is going to look a little different. (We’ve already started making changes. See how many you can spot!) We’ll still be highlighting positive queer content—and we’ll just have to see where Good and Gay goes together!

The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative brings mega-stars together to help LGBTQ nightlife workers

Just last night, The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative hosted a star-studded livestream concert as a fundraiser for folks from the LGBTQ+ nightlife industry. The event was hosted by Michelle Visage and Tyler Oakley and featured artists including Troye Sivan, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Petras, Allie X, Betty Who, Carlie Hanson, and Rufus Wainwright.

You can still make donations, watch the concert, and apply for support at their website.

Black, disabled, immigrant lesbian judge is appointed to Washington State Supreme Court

Grace Helen Whitener made queer history this week when she was appointed to Washington’s Supreme Court by governor Jay Inslee. Her addition to the court makes it the most diverse in U.S. history—both because it is predominantly women on the court and a racially diverse court. Whitener, who is originally from Trinidad, has degrees from Baruch College in New York and the Seattle University School of Law. She’s also worked as prosecutor, public defender, and defense attorney before becoming the first queer Black judge in Washington. “I believe, as a marginalized individual — being a Black, gay, female, immigrant, disabled judge — that my perspective is a little different,” Whitener told Pink News.

New series Ana puts the bi in…well, everything

Pantaya’s new bilingual romance comedy TV show is all about being bi—bisexual, bicultural, bicoastal and bipolar. Actor and writer Ana de la Reguera created the series to grapple with some of her experiences as a bicultural queer person in Hollywood. De la Reguera, who plays a fictionalized version of herself on this laugh-a-minute show, sings and dances in the middle of a park in one scene and has steamy sex with hot men and women in the ones that follow. This delightful series is everything we need in a show about what it means not to fit in any category created for you.

Curve Media virtual festival continues to highlight queer creators

Curve Media’s virtual festival continues their response to coronavirus, bringing together hundreds of LGBTQIA creators to connect with audiences. Artists share what they’re working on and what’s keeping them going—and the whole festival is aimed at creating connection for folks during self-isolation. Bella Books authors are involved! If you missed the panel on April 18th, you can view it here. And, on Saturday, April 25th at 7:30pm EST, Rachel Gold is hosting a panel featuring Jessie Chandler, Carolyn Elizabeth, Becky Harmon, and Pol Robinson. This great panel is all about how literature transcends chaos—and what books are helping these authors stay centered in uncertain times. Tickets are secured through sliding scale donations–and your donations benefit Bella Authors!

New Netflix documentary tells the lesbian love story behind A League of Their Own

After years of keeping their relationship quiet, Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel are the stars of a new Netflix documentary, “A Secret Love.” The Ryan Murphy produced documentary explores Donahue and Henschel’s powerful, heartwarming, lesbian love story–and it’s place in queer history. Through their story, the film traces LGBTQ rights from 1947 to today. Donahue was a catcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League you may recognize from the iconic film A League of Their Own. The film was slated to have its world premiere at South by Southwest before the festival was canceled due to the pandemic. You can now watch the film on April 29th on Netflix.

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