Social distancing and quarantining 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
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 within two business days.
Transgender people living in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont) seeking to update their legal name and gender on federal and state documents can be matched with an attorney for free legal representation through our ID Project. Due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, many courts and government offices are temporarily closed or operating for emergency business only. You may unfortunately experience delays in getting a response from state or federal government agencies or in the processing of your name or gender marker change requests as a result. For your safety and the safety of others you should not travel to any government office at this time. You should keep dated copies of any materials you submit by mail or electronically. We’ll update this notice as more information becomes available.
COVID-19 Potential Impact on LGBTQ+ People | National LGBT Cancer Center
Know Your Rights Guide for Transgender People Navigating COVID-19 (en español) | Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
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
COVID-19 and LGBTQ Older People | SAGE and Human Rights Campaign
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
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
Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders | AAPIs For Civic Empowerment – Education Fund
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
Want more activity ideas? Try this guide for activities for you, your children, or the whole family.
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.