We all may have a lot of valid questions and hesitations when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine. We have been working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to help provide our community with up to date information on how to access vaccine data, resources and appointments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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, especially LGBTQ+ youth, elders, immigrant communities and communities of color, 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. 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.
Find community and resources with the following organizations and efforts. While OutFront Minnesota has not worked with or vetted each organization, effort or campaign listed, we are excited to promote resources and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ people. Please do your own research before providing any organization with personal information or resources. Please email email@example.com if you would like to be listed as a resource. In solidarity, your friends at OutFront Minnesota.