Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics
The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the country and around the world, but President Donald Trump’s failure to address the pandemic and lies that downplayed its threat have led to more than 200,000 unnecessary deaths and millions unemployed. LGBTQ Americans are bearing a disproportionate brunt of the economic impact of the virus.
LGBTQ people have faced a higher rate of pay cuts, reduced hours and household budgets, and say they are “much worse off” thanks to Trump’s COVID-19 response
LGBTQ people are more likely to have experienced a cut in work hours, and are more likely to feel their personal finances are in worse shape due to the pandemic. They are also more likely to trust public health officials and are less likely to trust President Trump’s leadership.
Studies show LGBTQ people are more susceptible to COVID-19 and have a harder time accessing care than the general population
State reopenings have hit LGBTQ people harder, as a ‘return to normal’ for most often doesn’t apply
While states have largely reopened their economies, many states are pausing and reversing their policies because of the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. LGBTQ people are still more likely than the general population to be experiencing higher unemployment rates, are more likely to report having their work hours reduced and, for those who are returning to work, are more likely to be working for less pay.
For more on Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ people’s access to health care, click here.
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