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The systems that are supposed to protect us are failing many members of our community. In our coronavirus survey, LGBTQ+ and allied Minnesotans wrote about being out of work, financial struggles, anti-Asian racism, a lack of equipment for health professionals, and many other challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Wall Street has already been bailed out to the tune of a trillion dollars. Now Minnesota’s Main Street needs a basic safety net to catch all of us.
Thank you to the many people who filled out our coronavirus survey! Your stories are important, and they help inform our COVID-19 response policy asks and other ways we'll be supporting our community.
We don’t know what’s coming next, but we do know that Minnesotans on the margins, especially LGBTQ+ youth, elders, immigrant communities and communities of color, are already being hit the hardest. Middle class and working class Minnesotans are struggling more than ever.
That's why we're asking for emergency shelters, food access for every Minnesotan, hazard pay and safety for front-line workers, health care access for all, emergency unemployment benefits, emergency assistance for small businesses, policies to ensure housing stability, protections against domestic violence, and other critical resources and protections.
Your voice can help convince the Minnesota Legislature to support the most vulnerable among us during the COVID-19 response.
Director of Policy & Organizing
P.S. We need the Minnesota legislature to put safety nets in place that will protect marginalized communities now and in the years to come. Ask your lawmakers to support a comprehensive safety net now for all Minnesotans.
Like most of us, I’m feeling a lot of anxiety right now. I am particularly anxious because in moments of crisis, it is the most marginalized people in our community who are also the most vulnerable. That's why it is so important that we stay connected and support each other even while we are physically distant.
No matter who we are, getting sick reminds us that at our core we’re all just human. But for too long, we’ve let a powerful few divide us to pad their own profits by making life and health a product for sale and blocking our efforts to ensure paid time to care for our loved ones and recover ourselves. We must rewrite the rules to ensure everyone can access the care that we need without fearing we’ll go bankrupt to do it. This is a moment that we must stand with and for each other across our differences and against anything and anyone who seeks to divide us.
Unfortunately, we know that LGBTQ+ people are at particular risk for COVID19. Last week, OutFront joined more than 100 LGBTQ+ organizations in saying: "As LGBTQ+ community and health leadership, the undersigned organizations offer to stand shoulder to shoulder with the mainstream health leadership to make sure we learn from history and do not allow any population to be disproportionately impacted or further stigmatized by a virus."
As LGBTQ+ people and allies, we know what it means to be there for each other. For some of us, this crisis might bring up previous traumas and hardships. Others are facing new challenges we never could have anticipated.
We see you, and we love you.
Even while our world is uncertain and changing, let’s stick together (figuratively for now).
This moment calls on us to go all in for all of us. I am already so inspired by how many people are advocating for change in the face of this crisis.
Together, we will continue to work towards a world full of love and compassion and care for each other.
Thank you for being a champion of equality. We are so grateful for you, and we are holding you close in our hearts. We will pull through this by pulling together.
Thank you for being here. We wrote this survey to hear what our community needs most during the COVID-19 pandemic, including both things that OutFront can provide and things OutFront could advocate to get for our community.
We also want to learn how you're interested in staying connected with our community and advocating for LGBTQ+ equity in our new reality of social distancing.