The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color

The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color

The coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout have had a devastating impact on LGBTQ communities of color, a research brief from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, and PSB Research finds. Earlier research on the impacts of the virus had shown that LGBTQ people were more likely to have become unemployed, have their work hours cut, and/or to say their personal finances had suffered, while African-American, Latinx, and Native American individuals accounted for a disproportionately larger share of COVID-19 deaths. Based on online surveys for four thousand U.S. adults conducted between April 16 and May 6, the new brief, The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color (3 pages, PDF), found that LGBTQ people of color (38 percent) were more likely than white LGBTQ people (29 percent) and the general population (24 percent) to have had their work hours reduced or to have become unemployed (22 percent vs. 14 percent and 13 percent). LGBTQ people of color (19 percent) also were more likely than white LGBTQ people (14 percent) and the general population (12 percent) to have sought to delay payment of bills and about twice as likely to have asked to delay paying the rent (14 percent vs. 8 percent and 7 percent).

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