There is a lot of information making the rounds about COVID-19 and how it is impacting communities around the world. Here at the Center, we are carefully monitoring recommendations from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and making adjustments based on best practices and the latest available information.
We know that our most vulnerable community members—elderly, un-/under- insured and employed, and unsheltered individuals—will be hit the hardest by the rapid spread of this new disease. Lack of handwashing facilities, access to healthcare, paid time off, and increased severity of symptoms are sure to take their toll.
Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of each and every one of our valued community members. At this time we remain open and have modified services to ensure that LGBTQ+ people can safely access resources, support, and community.
We are implementing a range of precautions throughout the Center, and intend to remain available as an access point for basic needs, such as handwashing, up-to-date information via our Cyber Center, and other essential programs and services. Currently, we have modified our services to prioritize those most critical to the health and well being of our community. We will continue to monitor the recommendations from experts , and will evaluate the best way to meet community needs on an ongoing basis.
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Our annual fundraising Soirée has been postponed from Saturday, March 28th to Saturday, October 10th. We hope you will adjust your calendars and join us in the fall.
The impacts of COVID-19 extend far beyond the physical symptoms. Small businesses and hourly-paid employees face major financial hits, and our sense of safety and security has been seriously shaken. There has also been a documented uptick in hostility, discrimination, and isolation of members of Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities because cases of the virus were first reported in Wuhan, China.
During times of uncertainty like this, it is more critical than ever that we act on our highest ideals of community and ensure San Francisco continues to be a sanctuary for all those in need. We must work together to continuously disrupt and address issues of hate and bias, and instead work to care for one another as well as the public good.
The safest, kindest, and most effective thing we can do to stay healthy is to follow experts’ recommendations to practice consistent hand washing, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and stay home if you are sick. For up-to-date information, you can check out the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Cornonavirus Fact Page and the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s Health Alert Page.
No matter what comes down the pike, our mission remains the same: create a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTQ+ people and our allies. So let’s continue to do what we do best: come together with compassion, care for our community, share our resources, and refuse to let fear divide us.