COVID-19 has changed everyday life around the world. The LGBTQ+ community has been impacted in unique ways because of the distinct struggles faced by the community. Pride events have been postponed or cancelled, pride centers have been forced to lay off staff, LGBTQ+ people are facing higher unemployment rates and unequal access to healthcare.

One of the important goals of historians is to diminish silences within the historical record. What does this mean? It means that it’s important that underrepresented communities are represented in the history of this moment. It’s recognizing that the history of this moment should recognize the history of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. The unique and storied history of the LGBTQ+ community should be fully represented in the history of this moment.

If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and you’d like to share how COVID-19 has impacted your life or what stories and events you’re paying attention to, share it to the archive!

We want your stories whether or not they explicitly deal with LGBTQ+ issues, because the experiences of individuals transcend their identities. You can make photo submissions, journal entries, videos, and basically any other forms of media. Help ensure that the history of the community is documented during these unprecedented times. Years and even decades from now, your stories will be integral to the history of this moment.

When making a submission relevant to this collection, whether explicitly dealing with LGBTQ+ issues or not, use the hashtag #LGBTQ+.

If you have any questions about this collection, please contact Lawson Miller at lhmille2@asu.edu or Carolyn Evans at cjevan11@asu.edu.

Photo credit: Sara Rampazzo via Unsplash

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