At the Fairness Campaign, we recognize how difficult this time is for our whole community, but especially for marginalized groups, who have disproportionately higher vulnerable populations.
We will share on this page some community services/resources and volunteer needs as we are made aware of them. Please share additional resources with Jeremy@Fairness.org and we will try to add them.
Until further advised by the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services, the Fairness Campaign office will be closed and all community meetings canceled. For any needs, please e-mail Fairness@Fairness.org. You can find a specific staff member’s e-mail by clicking here.
Below you will also find an open letter about COVID-19 and the LGBTQ community from our national partner, the Equality Federation, and more than 100 other LGBTQ organizations across the United States. It details specific LGBTQ vulnerabilities to COVID-19 and the needs of our community at this time.
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services official website with Kentucky-specific updates and guidance regarding COVID-19.
List of feeding sites for Kentucky students and other education-related informations and resources.
This page lists a wide variety of community resources in Jefferson County, including locations of meals for youth, Louisville Metro March for Meals, and much more.
The Lee Initiative is offering free meals for restaurant workers who find themselves unemployed as a result of the pandemic.
List of Kentucky businesses and community resources that have indicated they are LGBTQ friendly and inclusive.
Information on LGBTQ elder resources in Kentucky and nationwide.
COVID-19 resources and updates.
Association of Community Ministries – Jefferson County
Needs Volunteers under 60 to assist with Meals on Wheels & Food Pantry
Over 100 Organizations Sign On To Letter Outlining Added Risk
As the spread of the novel coronavirus a.k.a. COVID-19 increases, many LGBTQ+ people are understandably concerned about how this virus may affect us and our communities. The undersigned want to remind all parties handling COVID-19 surveillance, response, treatment, and media coverage that LGBTQ+ communities are among those who are particularly vulnerable to the negative health effects of this virus.
Our increased vulnerability is a direct result of three factors:
In addition, there are more than 3 million LGBTQ+ older people living in the United States. LGBTQ+ elders are already less likely than their heterosexual and cisgender peers to reach out to health and aging providers, like senior centers, meal programs, and other programs designed to ensure their health and wellness, because they fear discrimination and harassment. The devastating impact of COVID-19 on older people – the current mortality rate is at 15% for this population – makes this a huge issue for the LGBTQ+ communities as well.
LGBTQ+ communities are very familiar with the phenomena of stigma and epidemics. We want to urge people involved with the COVID-19 response to ensure that LGBTQ+ communities are adequately served during this outbreak. Depending on your role, appropriately serving our communities could involve any of the following actions:
As LGBTQ+ community and health leadership, the undersigned organizations offer to stand shoulder to shoulder with the mainstream health leadership to make sure we learn from history and do not allow any population to be disproportionately impacted or further stigmatized by a virus.