Columbus LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Response (local resources)

The LGBTQ+ community is no stranger to adversity. From hateful and deadly homophobic laws, to the Stonewall riots, and throughout the fight for equal rights that continues to this day, our community soldiers on. In the 1980s, when others turned a blind-eye while our siblings’ lives were decimated by the AIDS epidemic, our community rose to meet the crisis, we demanded our country’s leaders take action, and we held them accountable. We have dealt with adversity directly within our own community; moments which have demanded accountability for actions and inactions. We acknowledge that we have not all always consistently responded to crises with consideration for ALL members of our community. We can do better. We will do better. 

During times of greatest adversity, we have seen how strong we are when we leverage the resources of our entire community, and we are at our best when we rise up together to meet a challenge. We know how to fight an uphill battle because we have been here before. 

Today, we face a global pandemic unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Through collaboration and cooperation we are reaching out to meet the needs of our communities and those most impacted by this emergency. We will fight this challenge with deliberate, focused actions toward the most marginalized LGBTQ+ community members. We must help each other to ensure we all get through to the other side of this epoch moment in history.

Below is a growing list of community resources, including LGBTQ+ organizations, working to aggregate information/resources for the highlighted areas; this list is by no means exhaustive:

Public Health

Youth Housing Resources and Support

Transgender Community Resources

Human Services and Food Access Resources

Physical Safety

Family Resources

Addiction Services

Legal Information

Business Assistance

We are being as intentional and as comprehensive in our reach as we can. In this effort, we need your help to ensure we are supporting all facets of our community. If you are in need of resources or have information and resources to share please contact Kathy Crowe.

Let’s be sure to take care of each other and ourselves by:

  • If capable, staying at home except for essential trips (groceries and/or medicines)
  • If comfortable, wearing protective facial covering
  • Engaging in proper sanitary techniques
  • Keeping appropriate physical distance
    • 6 feet buffer when out of the home
    • No [cocktail and dinner included] parties
    • No playdates [for us or our kids]
    • No group sports [virtual is ok]
  • Checking in with friends and family
    • Reach out with a phone call or video chat

We will survive this together, as a community, by holding one another up and by helping each other out–as we meet the challenges ahead.

In solidarity,
The undersigned Columbus LGBTQ+ Community Organizations

Black, Out and Proud—Eboni Partlow, President
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus—Adam Burk, Executive Director
Create Columbus Commission—Densil Porteous, Chair
Diocese of Southern Ohio—Rev deniary mueller, Legislative Liaison
Equality Ohio—Alana Jochum, Executive Director
Equitas Health—BIll Hardy, President & CEO (on behalf of BRAVO, Equitas Health Institute, Mozaic, Safe Point)
Family Pride Network—Joe Matessa, President & Co-Founder
Get The Vote Out—Brad Henry, Founder
GLSEN Central Ohio— Alex Ryan, Co-Chair
Human Rights Campaign – Columbus Steering Committee—Stefani Borg, Board of Governors
Kaleidoscope Youth Center—Erin Upchurch, Executive Director
Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation—Jennifer Brunner, Chair
Lesbians Benefitting the Arts, producers of the Ohio Lesbain Festival—Chris Cozad, President
PFLAG Columbus—Jaron Terry, Board President
OCTOPUS, LLC (Organizing Communities Transgender Outreach Promoting United Support)—Kimberly Sue Griffiths, Executive Director
Stonewall Columbus—AJ Casey, Executive Director
Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio—Stella Shaw, President
Thrive Columbus—Mary B. Relotto, Founder
Transgender Children’s Legal Defense Fund—Ben Cooper, Board President
True Q Digital Media Network—Curtis Davis, Managing Member
United Way of Central Ohio—Lisa Courtice, Chief Executive Officer
Zettabytes.Today—Rini Das + Lisa Kagy, CoFounders

Additional resources on these topics as well as links to general resources will be updated and maintained by Stonewall Columbus.