by Elizabeth Bibi •
The research builds on prior data showing that LGBTQ people are disproportionately impacted economically by the pandemic.
Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released new data outlining the economic impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color. The research, released in partnership with PSB 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.
“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. “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.”
The data shows that:
The data also shows, unsurprisingly, that across all demographics, many feel that they are worse off financially than they were a year ago, and have taken measures to spend less and change their budgets:
HRC is releasing this data as more than 100 lawmakers call for the Trump administration to collect data on LGBTQ COVID-19 patients, and as 2.4 million workers in the United States filed jobless claims last week, bringing the nine-week total number to more than 38 million. Read the full report at this link.
Read the full report at this link.
The new data builds on HRC’s previously released reports, “The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ Community,” and “The Lives and Livelihoods of Many in the LGBTQ Community are at Risk Amidst COVID-19 Crisis,” published earlier this spring. HRC has previously called attention to the disproportionate impact the virus has had on marginalized communities and has called for more inclusive data collection for years.
Read more about HRC’s efforts during COVID-19 here.
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