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COVID-19 Resources

Social distancing and sheltering in place are critical to limit the spread of the virus and protect everyone’s health, but it can cause or increase isolation for many in our community. For those of us who are most vulnerable, whatever the reason, we’re compiling resources that may help. We’ll continue to update this page with additional resources as the situation evolves.

 

Legal Rights and Resources

GLAD Answers

Our legal information line, GLAD Answers, remains available to answer your questions and provide resources and referrals regarding your rights as a member of the LGBTQ and HIV communities.

So that we can keep our volunteers safe, we are not able to answer phone calls live at this time, but are available online at GLADAnswers.org for the fastest response.  You can also leave a voicemail at 800-455-GLAD with your name and contact information and we will return your call with in two business days.

 

Health Resources

COVID-19 Potential Impact on LGBTQ+ People | National LGBT Cancer Center

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Know | National Center for Transgender Equality

COVID-19 and Considerations for People Living with HIV and LGBTQIA+ People (PDF) | Fenway Health

COVID-19 Information For People Living with HIV | California Department of Health

COVID-19: Special Considerations for People with HIV | Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association

Answers on COVID-19 and HIV | Aidsfonds

What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know? | Administration for Community Living

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | Center for Disease Control

 

Seek Support

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Fenway Health Helpline (25+): 617-267-9001

Fenway Health Peer Listening Line (25 and under): 617-267-2535

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

The Network/La Red Partner Abuse Hotline: 617-742-4911 (voice) or 800-832-1901 (toll-free)

Bilingual legal and community guide on the coronavirus | Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston

Online groups for LGBTQ+ kids and teens | Gender Spectrum

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety | Shine

11 Self-Care Tips, According to Expert Queer Healers | Them

Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders | AAPIs For Civic Empowerment – Education Fund

 

Take Action

Be informed and share reliable information. Misinformation is dangerous. Make sure you know the facts and help share correct information to keep everyone safe. Trust official sources like the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and official communications from your local or state government.

Take part in the Massachusetts Week of Action. While we can’t be together in person, we can act together in solidarity to protect our incarcerated loved ones, our families, and communities.

Ask Congress to address urgent needs of babies and families. As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down child care centers, as well as a range of service providers and workplaces, legislators need to ensure the needs of babies and families are met in the next stimulus bill.

Sign the petition to help ensure all people, regardless of immigration status, have access to care and support to face the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump needs to order DHS to suspend deportations, immigration arrests, mass raids, detentions, and enforcement in sensitive locations.

Urge Congress to support people with disabilities in the next stimulus bill. Congress has passed two bills to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic – but more must still be done to support people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce.

 

Work From Home

WFH WTF: Welcome to your new Work From Home life | Cornershop Creative

Collective Wisdom: 3 Ways of Being That Rockwood Is Practicing During This Time | Rockwood Leadership Institute

We’re all working from home. How do we do that effectively? | NTEN

 

Unwind

Attend virtual events for LGBTQ+ families

Livestream events and performances from queer creators

Take a virtual tour of the world’s greatest museums

Watch live footage from the Cincinnati Zoo every day at 3 pm

Immerse yourself in stories from people across the country

Listen to some live musical performances

Participate in a virtual yoga class here or here

Enjoy the opera from the comfort of your couch

Want more activity ideas? Try this guide for activities for you, your children, or the whole family.

 

If you have resources you think we should include, let us know. While we may be physically apart, we’d love to connect with you on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

 

From All of Us at GLAD…

We’re here for you in this time of uncertainty, and our work for equality and justice for all our LGBTQ and HIV+ communities will not stop.

Our community knows from experience that the best way through is together. We’re grateful for all you do to make our work possible, and for all you’re doing to support one another. If you are in a position to make a gift to GLAD at this time, you’ll help us continue doing our work for the most vulnerable in our community.

Thank you, be well, and take care of yourselves and each other.

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Updated 3/27