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Lambda Archives of San Diego provides community support during COVID-19 crisis

Lambda Archives of San Diego provides community support during COVID-19 crisis
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Lambda Archives of San Diego provides community support during COVID-19 crisis
Dear Friends and Supporters,
 
As Lambda Archives continues to respond to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees, interns, and volunteers remain our top priority, which means that the Archives remains closed to the public until further notice. In the last few weeks, we are also happy to have answered multiple calls to action in direct response to COVID-19:  
 
  • Thanks to San Diego Pride and the Queer APIMEDA Coalition, we were proud to sign on to a letter of support denouncing the xenophobia, racism, and increasing acts of violence toward Asian & Pacific Island communities in the wake of COVID-19. 
  • We joined other Arts & Culture organizations across the country in contacting legislators in an effort to urge them to include non-profit Archives, Museums, and other Information Providers, such as libraries as they develop Phase 4 COVID-19 relief legislation. 
  • We were also able to donate 100 pairs of disposable, non-latex gloves normally used in our Archive to local hospitals in need of Personal Protective Equipment. 

As we continue to monitor and respond to COVID-19, we would also like to remind you that Lambda is YOUR community archive. Since the start of the pandemic, social media has been a way for us to communicate and cope.

Recently, local drag queens Raquel Ita & Barbie Q went live on our Instagram for a "Story Time Evening." While it may have been a welcomed distraction for some, in many ways it was also a reminder that our LGBTQ+ community is and has always been resilient and creative--particularly in times of struggle. 
 
We encourage community members to reach out to us (either now or later) with journals, writings, art, videos, and audio recordings showing what life during lockdown looks like for you. 
As always, we thank you for your continued support of Lambda Archives. 
 
With Love and Gratitude,
 
Nicole Verdes
(pronouns: she/they)
Board President