During the current Coronavirus pandemic, many Nevadans are facing issues from business closures, social distancing, unemployment, and much more. Additionally, the LGBTQ+ community is more susceptible to experiencing the negative impacts of the crisis. The Human Rights Campaign in Nevada wants to ensure that LGBTQ+ Nevadans have the help they need to get through the pandemic. Below are several resources around the state that are specifically relevant to our community. There are also links at the end of this guide to additional resources that are not LGBTQ+ specific. If you still need help with something not covered in this guide, please feel free to reach out the HRC Nevada team.
Why LGBTQ+ People are at Greater Risk:
LGBTQ+ centers are either closed or operating at limited capacity during this time. Below you’ll find info about the status of Nevada’s two centers and their recurring events. There is also some information about other ways you can engage with the community.
Reno: Our Center- Reno’s LGBTQ+ center is closed until further notice
Las Vegas: The Center- Essential services are still available. The Center is open to assist individuals in our community who may be in crisis or immediate need. They will also continue providing mental health services through Affirmations in partnership with Community Counseling Center. Staff is at The Center during their business hours and you will be allowed in if you request an essential service.
Other events: Since LGBTQ+ centers are closed or open only for essential services, some of the usual events and meetings at those centers have been cancelled. If you’re looking for space to connect with other queer people and allies, HRC will be hosting virtual events throughout the pandemic. You can find HRC NV virtual events here.
Limited data currently available indicates that the Coronavirus does NOT affect people living with HIV differently from people without HIV. Nonetheless, we know that people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to acquiring the virus. Consequently, people living with HIV should carefully follow the guidelines from the CDC, including social distancing and staying at home. People living with HIV may also have other medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease or lung disease) that may increase their risk for infection.
People living with HIV should ensure that they’re sticking to their treatment plans schedules. If possible, PLHIV should use telehealth to maintain their medical appointments. It is also recommended that PLHIV have extra antiviral medications. PLHIV should also ensure that they’re staying up to date on their vaccinations, including influenza and pneumonia vaccinations. If you need help paying for any medications, including hormone injections, see our resources for prescription assistance.
State-wide Free Testing Locations: https://endhivnevada.org/free-hiv-testing-locations-in-nevada/
Transgender individuals who use hormone injections should ensure that they have an adequate amount of their medication. If you need help paying for any medications, including hormone injections, see our resources for prescription assistance.
Transgender and need to seek medical care?
Research shows that many LGBTQ+ people suffer more from mental health issues than their cisgender and hetereosexual peers. This may be due to discrimination, harrassment, or many other factors. During this period of self-isolation, many people may be experiencing worse mental health issues.
Free counselling and support services:
Many LGBTQ+ rely on vital medications, such as hormone injections or antiviral drugs. If you need assistance paying for your medications during this time, the following services can help. Note that these organizations also offer a plethora of other assistance programs that you can learn about at the links provided.
Links to other resources
Make the Road Resource Guide- Spanish materials
If you need additional assistance with a federal agency, please reach out to our federal delegation.