New data now show that while some states have reopened their economies amidst the ongoing threat of the virus, LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color and transgender people, are still being left behind.
In partnership with PSB Insights, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has been tracking the economic impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community. New data now show that while some states have reopened their economies amidst the ongoing threat of the virus, LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color and transgender people, are still being left behind.
At the onset of the pandemic, HRC and numerous advocates warned about and called attention to the unique health and economic risks facing the LGBTQ community. Through a series of reports, we have been able to document the disparate economic impact COVID-19 has had on LGBTQ people, especially transgender, Black and LGBTQ people of color:
As some states and municipalities across the country have begun to institute policies for reopening their economies, significant attention must be paid to communities who are most vulnerable and living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities. New data and analysis from PSB and HRC now show that LGBTQ people are being left behind even as some businesses and public spaces across the country try to reopen. As people continue to go back to work, LGBTQ people will also continue to face elevated health risks associated with the virus, as they are more likely to have compromised respiratory and immune systems. This brief provides additional confirmation of what has long been known: the most vulnerable communities are being hit hardest by the pandemic, even in the reopened economy.