LGBTQ+ People and COVID-19

The University of Arizona Health Science Center’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has issued an update about the impact of COVID on the LGBTQ+ communty. The update includes tips, precautions and resources to help us continue to weather this pandemic.
»Read the full update

No sugar-coating Arizona’s COVID-19 surge

Arizona has moved up from the nation’s 12th lowest infection rate to the nation’s 12th highest in just one month, and Pima County hospitals are running out of ICU beds because of it. Almost 60% of the cases are occurring among persons under 44 years old, but the over 65 crowd accounts for 75% of the deaths in the state. We’ve learned a lot about COVID-19 in the six months since it first appeared in Wuhan, China. The virus is preventable. Just wear a face mask in public, and there’s some folks you probably should avoid.
»Read article by Ed Kimble

Celebrating Pride in Spite of the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic almost stopped 50th anniversary Pride celebrations around the world. Then we got creative and adapted the technology we love to the Pride we live. Star-studded New York and Los Angeles Pride celebrations are broadcasting live on local ABC affiliates, San Francisco Pride will stream live on its website, and Global Pride 2020 is hosting a 24-hour online event with live events from 350 cities around the world. Get info and links to these and other virtual pride festivities and gay history exhibitions happening in June.

»Read full article by Ed Kimble

Memorial Day Travel Plans? Know Before You Go (and don’t go to Show Low)

It’s almost hardwired into the American psyche to begin summer with a Memorial Day road trip to a beach, a lake, or someplace rustic to start the season with rest, relaxation, and mischief. Now that Arizona’s COVID-19 stay at home orders have been lifted, how can you resist the temptation to hit the road?

»Read full article that also contains more valuable COVID-related resources and info, by Ed Kimble

When will it be safe to go out again?

Ready or not, Arizona, the nation, and the world are starting to reopen after two months of pandemic shutdowns. So, when will it really be safe for LGBTQI+ older adults to venture out again? A University of Massachusetts biology professor offers some of the clearest information yet on how COVID-19 infections spread. Combine that with reliable infection rate data, and you can make some well-informed decisions for yourself (with additional helpful advice from The Atlantic and SAGE).

»Read article by Ed Kimble

Arizona’s Confused Reopening, and More Resources

Last week, Gov. Doug Ducey extended Arizona’s stay-at-home order until May 15, but this week, he has been moving faster than expected to reopen retail, restaurants, and hair salons. These moves come despite a continuing rise in new cases in Phoenix, though new Tucson cases are on the downswing. Meanwhile nursing home deaths prompt the governor to impose new reporting rules, Pima suicides continue at a high rate attributable to the COVID-19 crisis, and older Americans are exhibiting new, different symptoms that are easy to miss.

Today’s COVID-19 Update covers all this plus new resource roundups from some of the nation’s biggest and most diverse elder advocacy organizations.

»Read article by Ed Kimble

Help with COVID-19 Economic Fallout

In the seven weeks since the World Health Organization (WH0) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, few things have been more impressive than the outpouring of caring resources to help us cope with its consequences. Since SoAZ Senior Pride published its first roundup of resources especially targeted to LGBTQ+ elders on March 26, many new resources have come online every day.

Today’s COVID-19 Update covers some of the newest local resources that have become available to help with the devastating economic impacts from business shutdowns designed to prevent the spread of this deadly new virus.

»Read article by Ed Kimble

Extended Shelter-in-Place for Seniors Poses Health Dangers from Loneliness

Looking forward to getting out of the house again when COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are lifted? If you’re over 60, don’t get your hopes up just yet. The phased in reopening of workplaces and businesses touted by politicos includes a nasty little bombshell for seniors: we must continue “sheltering in place” for a minimum of 28 additional days! Same goes for anyone else vulnerable to COVID-19 complications due to specific medical conditions. Social isolation is the number one predictor of loneliness, and loneliness contributes to a litany of health problems, including a 45% increase in premature death.

»Read article by Ed Kimble

Why you need to be on Facebook during the COVID-19 Crisis

Southern Arizona Senior Pride is trying to help home-bound seniors – which means ALL of us right now – find services we need by posting articles and links to Web resources of most importance to LGBTQ elders. But the COVID-19 situation is evolving so fast that the only reasonable chance you have of keeping up is on social media. If you aren’t already on Facebook, you need to sign up right now. Here’s why…

»Read article by Ed Kimble

Resources for Diverse Elders

Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ seniors represent a vast range of ethnic, linguistic and national identities. During the COVID-19 crisis, many of us need resources in a first language other than English or relevant to our root ethnic identities. In this article, we’ll provide you with links to diverse elder resources.

»Read full article by Ed Kimble

Impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ Community: Info from HRC and Equality AZ

Federal social-distancing requirements extended to April 30th… $2 trillion stimulus package passed but individuals to wait three weeks for $1,200 checks… Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issues shelter-in place advisory until April 17th… Experts predict 200,000 Americans will die from COVID-19… Federal Reserve predicts unemployment rate will hit 32%…

These dire headlines say nothing about the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community. Late last week both the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Arizona hosted virtual town halls to look at the unique challenges this pandemic is bringing to our community and marshal resources we can turn to for help.

»Read full article by Ed Kimble

Current Resources for LGBTQ Seniors in Southern Arizona

The isolation that Senior Pride battles so diligently in normal times is suddenly required of everyone. During this crisis, Senior Pride will be publishing COVID-19 UPDATES here in our news feed to help our community navigate this period safely.

It has been two weeks since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic and a week since Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issued her emergency declaration shutting down all dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms and other gathering spots in the city. Many working older adults have been furloughed or lost their jobs as businesses close, some forever, due to the spread of a coronavirus that is most deadly to the most vulnerable among us. Meanwhile, medical facilities and other services we rely on are asking us to stay away.

»Learn where and how to access the services you need while COVID-19 contact restrictions are in place