Today, Tomorrow, and into the Future

Community is at the heart of everything we do at Pride Foundation. Since day one of the COVID-19 pandemic, our community’s response across the Northwest has been to take care of one another—a value that has been at the forefront for decades. This is not the first devastating health crisis that the LGBTQ+ community has faced, and we have a history of resilience and care to draw from in this moment.

Now years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we finally have comprehensive data around how the pandemic has affected LGBTQ+ families and communities. In general, the data we have confirms what we already knew anecdotally to be true—that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges and inequities that already existed for LGBTQ+ people and communities.

Across all social indicators wherein LGBTQ+ people were already impacted by inequities—health, healthcare, housing, employment, child and family care, and more—the data indicates COVID-19 has only compounded those already existing inequities. The good news is that we now have a clearer picture of what LGBTQ+ people are facing—and how we can keep showing up best for our communities. Read more about this impact and the data surrounding it here.

Our Community Response

Alongside dedicated and generous supporters, we recognized early the need to boldly invest in response efforts led by organizations who make our community and our world beautiful—that work day in and day out to meet the critical needs of LGBTQ+ people and our families, and that move us further along the path toward justice. 

We launched the Crisis Community Care Fund in March of 2020 as part of our efforts to support community groups and organizations responding to COVID-19, and whose work is being impacted by the factors surrounding the spread. All of our efforts in response to COVID-19 have focused on one primary goal: to provide support to LGBTQ+ community groups and organizations in the ways they need it most—fast, and with no strings attached.

Not only did this fund support organizations on the frontlines of this epidemic, it also provided resources to Black-led and centered organizing work around racial justice efforts in the Northwest, as these efforts are addressing the systemic racism that resulted in the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on Black people and communities.

This fund awarded well over $1 million to more than 80 organizations prior to its final grant awards in the spring of 2022.

Learn more about the Crisis Community Care Fund grantees »

Check out our COVID-19 Resource List »

 

Logistics

Since March 6, 2020, all Pride Foundation staff have been working remotely, and we have not been hosting meetings in our Seattle office.

The best way to get ahold of staff is via email (listed on our staff page), and on our main office line (206.323.3318).

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