ADDED ON: 03/15/2020

LA LGBT Center is open, shares inspiring story from Wuhan, China

03/14/2020 | Los Angeles Blade

“We are making preparations for worse case scenarios but no, we simply could not take this kind of action,” Los Angeles LGBT Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings tells the Los Angeles Blade. “After all, people live here and get vital services from us on a daily basis. People need food, housing, healthcare, medications and so many other services so closing entirely is out of the question. Amidst the concern and developing of precaution plans, Cummings also quietly advised LGBTQ leaders in Wuhan, China, the site of the origin of the coronavirus, extending the impact of one of the Center’s least known but apparently highly impactful programs. Cummings says: “The leader of the Wuhan LGBT Center is a graduate of the LA Center’s Chinese Emerging Leaders Program and has done remarkable work, along with a team of 7 staff and many volunteers in Wuhan China, Hubei Province. When the novel coronavirus hit that City and province of 56 million people, activities of every kind halted and people were confined to their homes with only limited ability to leave for groceries. Virtually all transportation was halted and no one was allowed to enter or exit the area. All of this remains true today.

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