The pandemic exposed us all to the isolation many LGBTQ+ people feel year-round.

Across the country, many people experienced social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. But did you know that isolation is more intense for LGBTQ+ members of the community? Especially for those whose family or friend networks have rejected them—or who feel like they can’t be their true selves around certain people in their lives—isolation can be a curse with significant physical and mental health impacts.

Here at United Way of Central Iowa, we live UNITED against hate, prejudice, and discrimination of all kinds. During times of crisis, it’s even more important to come together as a community, welcoming and celebrating the unique experiences and perspectives of all central Iowans.

As Pride Month comes to an end, we encourage you to share messages of support with your LGBTQ+ family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors throughout the remainder of the year. Not sure what to say? Here are a few ideas to get you started on a text message, email, social media post, or card.

  • I love you and value you for who you are.
  • Thanks for sharing your true self with me. I appreciate you.
  • Your courage and resilience are inspiring.
  • How can I support you during this difficult time? You deserve love and compassion.
  • I am so glad to have you in my life.
  • Thank you for being you!

During this time, when we need connection more than ever, let’s embrace the diversity that makes our community strong. Let’s LIVE UNITED for hope, love, and pride in who we are.

United Way of Central Iowa fights for the health, education, and financial stability of all people in our community, including LGBTQ+ individuals. In addition to sharing a message of support, consider making a donation to help everyone here live their best lives. We are stronger together!

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Topics: Essential Needs, covid-19, advocacy, Pride Month

Sara Engelhart

Written by Sara Engelhart

Sara Engelhart is United Way of Central Iowa's former Strategic Communications Operations Manager.