- May 21, 2020
HRC AND PSB RELEASE DATA ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LGBTQ COMMUNITIES OF COLOR: This new research builds on prior data showing that LGBTQ people are disproportionately impacted economically by the pandemic, and shows that LGBTQ people of color are more likely to have become unemployed due to the virus, are more likely to have had their work hours reduced, and more likely to have asked for delays in paying their rent or bills. The data shows that:
- 38% of LGBTQ people of color have had their work hours reduced, compared to 29% of white LGBTQ people, and 24% of the general population
- 22% of LGBTQ people of color became unemployed, compared to 14% of white LGBTQ people and 13% of the general population
- 19% of LGBTQ people of color have asked for delays in payments on bills, compared to 14% of white LGBTQ people and 12% of the general population
- 14% of LGBTQ people of color have asked for delays in rent payment, compared to 8% of white LGBTQ people and 7% of the general population
More from HRC.
“This new data, showing that LGBTQ communities of color are facing the severe economic consequences of this pandemic, is unfortunately not surprising,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “We know that multiply marginalized populations are at an increased risk of contracting the virus and suffering its effects -- vulnerable communities are facing higher death rates than the general population across the country. We must acknowledge that these communities, particularly LGBTQ people of color, face systemic biases that are placing them at greater risk. Understanding this data is the first step towards addressing these injustices as we build towards recovery.”
MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS URGE TRUMP ADMIN TO COLLECT SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY DATA ON COVID-19 PATIENCE: HRC has called attention to the disproportionate impact the virus has had on marginalized communities and has called for more inclusive data collection for years. LGBTQ people are more vulnerable to the health risks of the virus. They are less likely to have health coverage, are more likely to smoke and have asthma, and have a variety of chronic illnesses. More from Nico Lang (@Nico_Lang) at NBC.
HRC MOURNS MCKINSLEY LAKEITH LINCOLN, BLACK LGBTQ PERSON KILLED IN LOUISIANA: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of McKinsley LaKeith Lincoln, a 29-year-old Black LGBTQ person killed in Alexandria, Louisiana on May 15. HRC is monitoring this case for more information about Lincoln’s life and this crime. More from Gay City News.
THANKFUL THURSDAY -- **TODAY AT 3 P.M. ET** HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID TO JOIN CHASTEN BUTTIGEIG FOR INSTAGRAM LIVE: Submit questions by responding to the tweet below.
Looking forward to a great conversation with @chasten on #COVID19's impact on the LGBTQ community, @HRC's work around the 2020 election, and more. Tune in tomorrow on Instagram Live at 3PM ET. https://t.co/Jr6OYdQyxm— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) May 20, 2020
NEW REPORT SHOWS THAT ACCEPTANCE IS KEY TO REDUCING RISK OF SUICIDE TO LGBTQ API YOUTH: The study by the Trevor Project shows that when Asian Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ youth are accepted by their friends, their risk of attempting suicide dropped by more than 50%. More from NBC.
- HRC and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) developed a guide for LGBTQ APIs: Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
NEW WEEKLY AT-HOME ACTIVITY FOR THOSE QUARANTINING WITH YOUTH: Each week while most students are out of school due to COVID-19, HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools will offer a book and a related activity adapted from our teacher lesson plans for parents to use with children at home. More from HRC.
IN THE STATES
DISGUSTING -- MEMORIAL MURAL AT SITE OF PULSE SHOOTING DEFACED WITH WHITE NATIONALIST MATERIALS: More from The Advocate.
MINNEAPOLIS MAN CHARGED FOR ATTACKING LOCAL NEWSCASTER FOR PERCIEVING HIM AS LGBTQ: Vennie Jerome Williams, 39, was charged Friday with third-degree assault and harassment with the intent to injure after police said he threw something at KSTP-TV journalist Matt Belanger. More from NBC.
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GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
TRANSPHOBIC LAW PASSED IN HUNGARY: The bill defines one’s gender as the sex assigned at birth, blocking any trans person from updating their legal gender marker. More from The Guardian.
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