New Report: COVID pandemic disproportionately impacts LGBTQ people
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life for all of us. Yet, some communities have borne the brunt: communities of color, low-income people, and now as new data released today by Movement Advancement Project (MAP) show, LGBTQ people.
Decades of discrimination on the job, in health care, and beyond, combined with uneven legal protections around the country, make LGBTQ people more vulnerable to pandemic-related instability and insecurity, with an even more devastating impact on LGBTQ people of color.
MAP’s new report, The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTQ Households in the U.S., presents new findings and analysis of a nationally representative survey conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, NPR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This report brings us one step closer to understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ households in the United States.
Key findings from the report
LGBTQ households are more likely than non-LGBTQ households to experience job losses, serious financial problems, issues accessing healthcare, and increased challenges navigating at-home learning for their children as a result of the pandemic. These challenges are especially true for Black and Latinx LGBTQ people.
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly amplified and exacerbated disparities that existed before the pandemic. The existing patchwork of legal protections is insufficient, which is why we need a nationwide law like the Equality Act so that LGBTQ people in every community are protected from discrimination.