Last Updated 8/18/22
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, HRC Foundation has been actively engaged in research to monitor and understand the impact of the pandemic on the physical, mental, and financial well-being of the LGBTQ+ community throughout the United States.
Building upon that research, HRC partnered with PSB Insights to track the economic impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ community throughout the first year of the pandemic.
Using polling data from thousands of U.S. adults, HRC released 5 issue briefs throughout 2020 on the disparate economic impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ adults, finding that LGBTQ+ adults, particularly BIPOC LGBTQ+ adults and transgender adults, were more likely than the general population to have experienced a cut in work hours, and to have become unemployed as a result of the pandemic:
As some states and municipalities across the country have begun to institute policies for reopening their economies during Summer 2020, significant attention must be paid to communities who are most vulnerable and living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities. As people continue to go back to work, LGBTQ+ people will continue to face elevated health risks associated with the virus, as they are more likely to have compromised respiratory and immune systems.
Additional research from HRC and PSB Insights published in August 2020 "COVID-19 Continues To Adversely Impact LGBTQ+ People While Initial Phases Of Reopening Create New Economic Problems," found that the negative economic consequences of the pandemic were persisting longer for LGBTQ+ adults than their cisgender and straight peers.
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.