News media increasingly obsessed with virus’ effect on LGBTQ fundraising

‘We cannot close and ask our clients to call from home,’ said Ruby Corado of Casa Ruby. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The impact of coronavirus on homosexuals continues to be a dominant angle for news organizations, ever eager to make LGBTQ people the most victimized group on Earth.

At least seven LGBTQ supportive nonprofit groups in Washington, D.C. merited coverage in May after saying that the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted their fundraising efforts while increasing the number of people to come to them for help.

An informal survey conducted by the Washington Blade found that the local LGBTQ supportive groups Casa Ruby, Whitman-Walker Health, SMYAL, Wanda Alston Foundation, HIPS, and Food & Friends have seen an increase in demand for their services.

Officials with several of those groups also said restrictions put in place to curtail the spread of the disease by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, including a ban on events that draw large numbers of people and the shutdown of hundreds of small businesses who donate to gay causes, have resulted in a drop in revenue for the groups.

The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community has said it, too, could encounter a decrease in revenue if the epidemic’s restrictions force the cancellation of fundraising events later this year. The Center announced on its website in March that restrictions put in place related to the epidemic forced it to temporarily close its offices at 2000 14th St., N.W., but many of its member organizations were holding events remotely online through the video streaming service Zoom.


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