As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, the health, safety, and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community is Boston Pride’s highest priority. Boston Pride collaborates with many other major Pride organizers and is committed to following the guidelines and recommendations by the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To slow down the spread of this virus, Massachusetts has put into effect a state of emergency that prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. Consequently, Boston Pride events and meetings scheduled for March and April have either been cancelled, postponed, or changed into virtual gatherings.
We maintain close contact with local and state authorities about the status of COVID-19 and its effects in Boston. We will provide the community with a substantial update about Boston Pride 2020 when that information is available to us. Be assured that our commitment to the community we will not fade because of this virus. Boston Pride’s 50th anniversary will be commemorating the heritage of Pride: celebrating social, legal, and political successes, and our culture and community—while continuing to work for social justice and human rights.
These are challenging times for many, and Boston Pride is particularly concerned with the status of our LGBTQ seniors, youth, and other vulnerable members of our community. We included some resources we hope you will find helpful. You are all in our thoughts and we know that together, we can stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community and allies.
La salud, seguridad y bienestar de la de comunidad LGBTQ+ es la máxima prioridad para Boston Pride a medida que la situación con el COVID-19 continúa evolucionando. BP colabora con otras organizaciones Pride y está comprometida a seguir las pautas y recomendaciones proporcionadas por la Ciudad de Boston y la Mancomunidad de Massachusetts. Massachussets ha declarado un estado de emergencia que prohíbe las reuniones de más de 10 personas para detener la propagación del virus. En consecuencia, los eventos y reuniones de BP programados para Marzo y Abril han sido tanto cancelados, pospuestos o modificados a reuniones virtuales.
Nos mantenemos en contacto cercano con las autoridades locales y estatales acerca del estado del COVID-19 y sus efectos en Boston. Proporcionaremos a la comunidad una actualización sustancial acerca del Boston Pride 2020 cuando la información esté disponible para nosotros y tengan la seguridad de que nuestro compromiso con la comunidad no desaparecerá con este virus. El 50 aniversario de Boston Pride conmemorará la herencia de nuestro Orgullo: celebrado los alcances sociales, legales y políticos; así como nuestra cultura y comunidad, al momento que continuamos trabajando por la justicia social y los derechos humanos.
Son tiempos difíciles para muchos, y la organización de Boston Pride está particularmente preocupada por el estado de nuestros adultos mayores, jóvenes y otros grupos vulnerables que pertenecen a nuestra comunidad LGBTQ+. Hemos incluido algunos recursos e información que esperamos sean de utilidad. Todos ustedes están en nuestros pensamientos, y sabemos que juntos podemos solidarizarnos con nuestra comunidad LGBTQ+ y aliados.
Resources For Our Community
List updated 3/30/2020
Article released by the HRC about LGBTQ people and COVID-19
Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Considerations for People Living with HIV and LGBTQIA+ People:
Resources for Massachusetts LGBTQIA+ Youth During COVID-19: created by the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. *This is a very comprehensive list that is updated frequently and includes community partners such as Boston GLASS, the-AGLYs, OUT MetroWest and more. Topics include information on Financial Relief, Healthcare, Mental Health & Support, Food, Housing, and many other resources.
BAGLY COVID-19 Direct Aid: Direct financial aid for LGBTQ+ youth (25 years old and younger)
LGBTQ Elder Resources:
Ethos: Ethos is a private, nonprofit organization that assists the elderly and disabled to live at home. We serve over 3,000 individuals and families, primarily in the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park and Mattapan.
National Resource Center for LGBT Aging: COVID-19 Resources from Aging Service Providers
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES): SCES helps older people and people living with disabilities remain safe and independent in their own homes by providing a wide range of supportive services, as well as information and advice.
Mental Health & Self Care Resources:
BAGLY: The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY) was formed in 1980 and is a youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community.
JRI | COVID-19 Navigator: The Justice Resource Institute (JRI) with various health and human services designed to meet the needs of underserved individuals, families, and communities. To see what their adjustments are in their organization call due to COVID-19, call their Navigator: email@example.com or 508-468-6042
The Meeting Point: The Meeting Point is a collaboration of independent practitioners who know that oppression is pathology and that social justice heals.
The Network/La Red: The Network/La Red is a survivor-led organization to end partner abuse, their hotline is active during this time: 1-800-832-1901.
The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is a support group for LGBTQ & GNC youth with a 24/7 hotline: 1-866-488-7386
Child Care Resources:
3-1-1: is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects you with non-emergency City services.
Ethos: Grab and Go food available daily
City Life Vida Urbana: Housing hotline for Metro Boston residents worried about eviction (617)934-5006 (English) (617)397-3773 (Español)
Boston’s Immigrants (regardless of immigration status) Resources: A comprehensive list of various resources provided by the City of Boston.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Updates on cases in U.S.
City of Boston: COVID-19 Information for Boston
City of Boston Resiliency Fund: Food for children and seniors, technology for remote students, and support to first responders and health care workers in the city of Boston.
Human Rights Campaign: Research Brief outlining health and economic risks faced by the LGBTQ+ community during the COVID-19 public health crisis
National LGBT Cancer Network: COVID-19 information for LGBTQ+ cancer individuals
Massachusetts Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Information
National Center for Trans Equality: What Trans People Need to Know about COVID-19
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response: Grants for nonprofit organizations located in Berkshire, Columbia, Dutchess, and Litchfield counties
Cambridge Community Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Cambridge families, residents, workers, and nonprofits in need. The Cambridge Artist Relief Fund: Grants for Cambridge artists and arts organizations
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts: COVID-19 Response Fund: Nonprofits in Pioneer Valley
Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts: Critical Needs COVID-19 Fund: Nonprofits in North Central Massachusetts
Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts: SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund: Organizations with priority populations
Essex County Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund: Nonprofits in Essex County
Greater Worcester Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund: Organizations who work with highly affected communities
Lost income resources: Grants And Resources For Artists And Nonprofits
Massachusetts COVID-19 Unemployment Information: latest information related to Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and COVID-19
The Boston Foundation: Fund to help non-profits affected by COVID-19
United Way of Mass. Bay and Merrimack Valley: COVID-19 Fund
Berkshire United Way: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County
United Way of New Bedford: Greater New Bedford COVID-19 Response Fund
United Way of Central Massachusetts: Worcester Together Fund provides immediate assistance to vulnerable residents.
Greater Lowell Community Foundation: Fund to help vulnerable communities in Greater Lowell dealing with the COVID-19 virus.
Economic Relief for Small Businesses and Non- Profits:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You will need to complete the 2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund application