This week we witnessed something new for the LGBTQ community. And we have Covid-19 and a Vaccine to thank.
When registered nurse Eric Vanderlee was tasked with administering a COVID-19 vaccine to his boyfriend, Robbie Vargas-Cortes, an Emergency Medical Service Supervisor, he couldn’t have predicted how it would play out. Vanderlee is from Canton, South Dakota. He and Vargas-Cortes both work for Sanford Health, and Vanderlee has been busy administering the vaccines to frontline health workers. This particular session took place on December 23, 2020. Sanford Health shared video footage on Facebook on New Year’s Eve, prompting thousands of shares and hundreds of comments. Everyone at Queer News Tonight loved this moment of hope.