Leaders and activists in the San Antonio’s are reaching out to the LGBTQ community and advising people to follow the city’s health guidelines to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally they are also raising funds to help those in need and in support of local LGBTQ businesses.
On March 31, over 50 community organizations and businesses signed a statement titled, “An LGBTQIA Response to Covid-19.” The statement urges a community “call to stay in place” as as long as local authorities deem necessary. Additionally it lists guidelines offered by medical professionals to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Take care of yourself and take care of those you love by staying home,” the statement advises. “Please follow these guidelines. We are here to build a thriving and healthy LGBTQIA community!” The full text of the statement can be viewed at this link.
Community Emergency Fund
On March 30, Pride Center San Antonio announced it would launch an emergency fund for those in the community who have been affected by Covid-19. That includes LGBTQ persons who have been laid off or experienced reduced hours due to workplace closures.
Those who receive assistance must be residents of Bexar County and should be in a low-to-moderate income bracket. Individuals will be required to provide documentation to support their application.
“San Antonio is known as a compassionate city,” says Robert Salcido, executive director of the Pride Center. “Let’s keep our LGBTQ+ community thriving by lending a helping hand to those that may need our help during these uncertain times.”
The Pride Center has committed to match the first $1000 received from contributions by the community. Use this link for complete applicant information and to make a donation.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Two local social workers have started a program called Neighbors Helping Neighbors which has resulted in meals for the needy and a helping hand to local community restaurants whose dining rooms have been shuttered by the city’s coronavirus guidelines.
So far, Darrell Parsons and Kimberly Goodwin raised over $3000 in funds to deliver meals to SAMMinistries, Family Violence Prevention Services, and to nurses and employees at University Hospital.
The meals were purchased at WD Deli, Luther’s Cafe and Deco Pizzaria. Parsons and Goodwin hope to continue their once-a-week meal deliveries with the help of the LGBTQ community. The next set of meals will be purchased at Candlelight Coffee House and Wine Bar and delivered to adults in mental health recovery at Fairweather Lodge.
“We invite you to participate in building the city that we all deserve,” Parson said in a post on Facebook. “With all of the sadness in the world right now, let’s do what we can, to bring out a little happiness.” Use this link to make a donation.