In times of crisis, the most marginalized communities tend to suffer disproportionately compared to the broader population, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people are no exception. The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, disproportionate effects on LGBTIQ people, and many have had few to no resources to turn to for help. Even when governments and humanitarian organizations make relief efforts available, too often they exclude LGBTIQ people by taking a binary gendered approach, choosing unsafe spaces (such as police stations) for distribution, using non-inclusive definitions of “family,” or due to homophobic or transphobic relief workers. Due to the nature of the COVID-19 crisis, the surrounding lockdown and distancing measures keeping people from their chosen families and LGBTIQ organizations, and due to immense economic fallout, the effects on LGBTIQ populations have been, and continue to be, particularly devastating. These effects are exacerbated by the fact that many LGBTIQ people are excluded from the formal workforce due to discrimination even outside a pandemic. In response, OutRight took immediate action to support LGBTIQ communities and organizations who are on the frontlines of responding to the crisis by establishing the world’s first and largest LGBTIQ-focused global pandemic emergency fund. To learn more and donate, visit: