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Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released new data outlining the economic impact of COVID-19 on Latinx LGBTQ people. The new research shows that Latinx LGBTQ people are more likely to have had their employment adversely impacted due to the virus, are more likely to have made changes to their household budgets and are more likely to have asked for delays in paying various expenses for necessities than the general population. The research, released in partnership with PSB Insights, builds on prior data showing the negative economic impact of the pandemic on LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color, transgender and LGBTQ people of color and Black LGBTQ people.
The data show that:
These economic realities have also led to financial challenges for Latinx LGBTQ people, causing many to make changes to their budgets and ask for delays in paying various expenses for necessities:
Any aid packages that are meant to help combat this pandemic and its effects must take this new data into account as well as the impact that the virus is having on the health of the Latinx community. Policymakers must take immediate action to ensure that multiple marginalized communities receive timely relief commensurate to the challenges that they are facing.
HRC has also partnered with the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition on a resource, “Finding Financial Stability During Turbulent Times,” with steps and advice for those who may be struggling to make ends meet during these difficult times.
Read more about HRC’s efforts during COVID-19 here.
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