LGBTQ+ people have played a vital role in the containment of the mpox outbreak, by taking the vaccines directly to the clubs to ensure those who were most at-risk would be protected.
When the fears of mpox started to circulate, older members of the community were taken back to the start of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s.
“It was a scary time,” Darian Aaron, News Director for the LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit GLAAD told (opens in a new tab). It was hard to get appointments to get [mpox] vaccines. A lot of queer men were very scared and very angry. It reminded us of old scars.”
Queer-led community organizations continue to advocate for the mpox vaccine, ensuring access for those in need.