By: Tim Kamermayer
Welcome to the quarantine era. I say that bit tongue-in-cheek, but it really does feel like a turning point in our society. The temporary shelter at home has exponentially been extended and only recently has the Governor opined about allowing small gatherings. It’s not an easy time to be an American, let alone a member of the LGBTQ community. With job losses reaching The Great Depression levels, many people are experiencing economic uncertainty. These fears are only exacerbated by the pandemic. Being unable to see your friends and family places a new strain of anxiety on everyone. With reports that Covid-19 could come back stronger in the winter, it is no wonder people are having mental health issues on top of concerns about getting sick.
And, I’m here to say: It’s okay to be anxious and afraid. It’s okay to feel alone and scared. To want to curl up in a ball and just cry. Everyone is experiencing this crisis differently, and the best thing we can do for each other is offer love, compassion, and support. A simple text message or phone call to someone you care about goes along way during these trying times. Holding zoom happy hours can sound silly at first, but being able to see your loved one’s will have a stronger benefit than you realize. Make the effort.
And, Sacramento Stonewall will continue to do our part. Obviously, this is not business as normal, but we are still holding our monthly meetings, advocating for our community, and working to elect LGBTQ candidates and allies. We will get through this, but we must do it together.