We still need your help.
Dear John –
One year ago, my home country, Italy, was the first in Europe to go into lockdown. It was shocking and felt like living out the plot of a dystopian movie.
But now, 12 months later, most of us are under a harsh lockdown again. A curtain of silence broken only by the ear-piercing sirens of ambulances has descended upon us again, putting our mental health to the test.
I am very lucky though: none of my loved ones have died because of COVID-19 and I have a great job that keeps me going.
Here at All Out we care for each other, even if we are living miles away from one another. And that gives us the strength to fight back and work with wonderful All Out members to build powerful moments of solidarity which make me incredibly proud.
As soon as the pandemic hit, my colleagues and I launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Together, we raised enough funds to help over 70 grassroots LGBT+ groups in over 30 countries. Here in Italy, we helped a group in Turin provide safe shelter for LGBT+ refugees who had no place to stay during Italy's severe lockdowns.
Thanks to the new vaccines, many people in privileged regions of the world are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. But so many other areas of the world are being left out and still need as much urgent help as we can possibly give.
What we did last year proves we are very well-equipped to provide the help many LGBT+ people still need. But we can only keep having an impact if we have you by our side, too.
For me, it's been like living a suspended life since the pandemic struck Italy a year ago. So rarely being able to see my family and friends, travel, or even leave the house left me floating in a cold and unreal dimension without much human touch.
I desperately needed to feel less lonely and connect with fellow LGBT+ folks, so I reached out to All Out members in Italy, asking them to share their stories of how the global health crisis has affected them and their loved ones. Sharing these stories of hope, fear, loss, and courage was a much-needed moment of community.
Like everyone else in the world, I want this nightmare to be over soon. I want to be able to meet people again, shake hands, and hug!
But this crisis is far from over and so many emergencies are still happening around the world. We need to keep building solidarity and hope together.
As always, thanks for going All Out. Yuri Guaiana, Senior Campaigns Manager in Italy, All Out
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