This is a global health crisis, and as we’re seeing in the government’s lagging response, our work is more necessary than ever.
The LGBTQ community has known adversity. In fact, we have drawn much of our strength and power from times of great uncertainty.
Now, we are living in an extraordinary moment yet again. As the world watches the spread of COVID-19, many of us are concerned and afraid for ourselves and our loved ones. And that fear cannot be minimized. But it can be the basis for action. As we have time and again, we must raise our voices together to fight for our community, to lift each other up and to vote out those who are not protecting us.
Find information on how HRC is responding the the public health crisis, and resources about the pandemic, below.
The LGBTQ community in the U.S. — along with many communities around the globe — will face unique challenges due to its economic and health care situations.
.@HRC signed onto an open letter to media and health officials, joining 100 community organizations highlighting LGBTQ community members' increased vulnerability to coronavirus. #COVID2019 #LGBTQCOVID2019 https://t.co/6IG145Dd4j pic.twitter.com/L3RrlTVbPj— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 11, 2020
1/ #COVID19 has caused unprecedented disruption for college students across the U.S. Many colleges and universities are shutting down the campus completely -- asking students to leave and/or not return after spring break.https://t.co/rXMu5oB7fA— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
This decision to ask students to leave could be particularly disruptive for LGBTQ students -- who may lack family support or a home to return to.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their straight & cisgender peers. https://t.co/bRK24wQKYG
.@HRC data shows that nearly half of all LGBTQ youth say their families make them feel bad for their sexual orientation or gender identity.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
Some face mental and physical abuse at home, while others have been kicked out. pic.twitter.com/wpA03JnSFz
In light of these facts, @HRC would like to offer the following list of resources & ideas to support LGBTQ college & university students who may be facing homelessness or other difficult challenges during this time:— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
Several colleges are allowing exemptions on a case-by-case basis for students who are unable to go back home. LGBTQ students should engage their respective student affairs department about temporary housing during the #COVID19 crisis.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
Local LGBTQ community centers can be a critical resource during this time.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
��️��Check-in with your local LGBTQ community center for resources and housing support. https://t.co/jGpTWdtp9Y
During this difficult time, please remember that you are not alone. If you need help, make the call:— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
��@TrevorProject -- (866) 488-7386
��@glbtNatlHelpCtr --(800) 246-7743
��@TransLifeline -- (877) 565-8860
For those looking to help LGBTQ youth, consider how YOU can help in your own communities -- be it offering a spare bedroom through a local LGBTQ community center, or ordering lunch or food delivery for impacted students that you know.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
To all the LGBTQ youth and people whose lives have been disrupted by this crisis -- know that you are seen, that you are loved, that you are valued. ����— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 17, 2020
This is a time of crisis, but we will weather this crisis as we have weathered crises before -- by uniting as a community.
.@HRC is proud to be among more than 200 organizations calling on our elected leaders to ensure accessibility to the ballot & protect voting rights during these uncertain times. We cannot allow this public health crisis to undermine our democracy. https://t.co/GZPhHYg5qi— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) March 18, 2020