Heights | River Oaks | Montrose Edition - June 2020

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Anetwork of support

From testing to food drives, Montrose’s network of LGBTQ-focused nonprots and businesses have stepped up to assist thosewhomay bemore vulnerable to COVID19 throughout Houston.

PHOTOS COURTESY THE MONTROSE CENTER, MONTROSE GRACE PLACE AND LEGACY COMMUNITY HEALTH

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F EED I NG HOMEL E S S YOUTH

Volunteers at Montrose Grace Place give out over 100meals per week.

T E S T I NG FOR & MANAG I NG H I V

“ I have heard from a number of patients who feel that this is a second epidemic for them. They survived the rst epidemic of HIV and are now worried about surviving the second pandemic of COVID19. ... It’s hitting very close to home again. ” JENNIFER HADAYIA, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR AT LEGACY COMMUNITY HEALTH

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The Montrose Center has received $392,000 in coronavirus-related donations and grant funding for LBGTQ support services.

EDITION CARE

Montrose nonprots address LGBTQ community facing added COVID19 risks

BY EMMA WHALEN

tune in while staying home to serve clients of the LGBTQ-focused center who need a safe place for care. “Some people are not out at home, and so they’re not comfortable because they don’t have private space to use the phone or a computer,”

Communication Manager Austin Davis Ruiz said. The unique approach oered by the Montrose Center is one of many innovations LGBTQ-focused organiza- tions in the area are using to meet the CONTINUED ON 16

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At The Montrose Center, a small room with a sanitized computer and desk now serves as a makeshift coun- seling oce. During the coronavirus outbreak, counselors and other service providers

As the July 14 primary runo election approaches in Texas, several lawsuits are playing out across the state over who does and does not get to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. Lawsuits in both state and federal courts have been led with the goal of ensuring any registered voter who lacks immunity to the coronavirus can vote by mail. However, as CONTINUED ON 18 Safety, security debates ensue over voting during coronavirus BY SHAWN ARRAJJ

VOTING BY MAIL Voting rights advocates are looking to expand who can vote by mail. Until then, mail ballots are limited to:

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will not be in county on election day

65 or older disabled inmate in county jail

CAUSE FOR DEBATE: Lawsuits in Texas are challenging who can and

cannot claim disability during the pandemic SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

communityimpact.com

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