LGBTQ+ & Covid-19
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the LGBT community
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the LGBT community. More than 220 pride celebrations around the world have been canceled or postponed, as of April 3, 2020. Global Pride, an online event with numerous national hosts, has been scheduled for June 27, 2020.
LGBT Asians have faced increased discrimination in line with xenophobia and racism related to the pandemic. LGBT seniors are also more likely to encounter isolation and therefore other health issues.
National health organizations have warned that some members of the LGBTQ community may be “particularly vulnerable” to the effects of the disease. Reasons for the increased risk include higher rates of cancer, HIV, and smoking, as well as health care discrimination. There are also concerns about reduced support for LGBTQ people, particularly those who are homeless, and unsafe family environments. In March 2020, more than 100 LGBT rights organizations signed an open letter asking U.S. public health officials to address this issue. Signatories included GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and Lambda Legal. The letter was organized by the LGBT National Cancer Network with support from GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, the New York Transgender Advocacy Group, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), and Whitman-Walker Health.