We have two main goals:

Guide our LGBTQIA+ community safely through the pandemic

Raise and distribute emergency funds to those in our community hardest hit by COVID

All the while prioritizing resources for underrepresented and marginalized communities

Guide our LGBTQIA+ community safely through the pandemic

Why is this important?
  • To suppress COVID to the point where we can return to some sort of normalcy, we need to vaccinate 75-85% of the US population.
  • A third of Americans don’t intend to get the vaccine because they are distrustful of vaccines, its development or the government. (1)
  • Only 42% of LGBTQ+ adults say they are likely to get the vaccine. (3)
  • Only 29% of Black LGBTQ+ adults say they are likely to get the vaccine (3), yet LGBT people of color are twice as likely as white non-LGBT people to test positive for COVID-19. (2)
How do I intend to do this?

I am a nurse working as an Infection Preventionist, so I have access to the latest science and data concerning this pandemic. I know that vaccines are safe – I myself am vaccinated – but I also understand why our community has an historic, deep distrust of the medical profession.

We have seen throughout history that drag performers are able to disarm, educate and entertain. As Ehra Amaya, I can use my drag persona to bridge the gap between the medical world and the LGBTQIA+ community.

The EssentialEhra team…

  • Leverages social media to provide grassroots vaccine education and mythbusting.
  • Provides Q+A sessions to assuage any concerns our community may have.
  • Drives vaccinations, encouraging people of color in our community to get vaccinated a top priority.
  • Recognizes that representation matters and aims to enlist the help of our people of color in our community to achieve this.

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Raise and distribute emergency funds to those in our community hardest hit by COVID

Why is this important?
  • Before the pandemic, 1 in 5 LGBTQ adults in the United States lived in poverty. (4)
  • 1/3rd more LGBT people have been laid off or furloughed than non-LGBT people. (2)
  • LGBTQ+ people are twice as likely to work in frontline professions as non-LGBTQ+ people, raising their risk of exposure to the coronavirus. (4)
  • 29% of LGBT people of color report problems affording basic household goods vs. just 14% of white non-LGBT people. (2)
  • 26% of LGBT people of color report difficulty paying their rent or mortgage vs. just 9% of white non-LGBT people. (2)