The Economic Impact of COVID-19 Intensifies for Transgender and LGBTQ Communities of Color
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In partnership with PSB Research, the Human Rights Campaign has been tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community. In March, HRC released a research brief highlighting how the lives and livelihoods of the LGBTQ community are at particular risk due to COVID-19. A follow-up report in April confirmed the disproportionate impact the virus was having, and continues to have, on LGBTQ people in the United States: they are more likely to have become unemployed, more likely to have their work hours cut, are more likely to feel that their personal finances are in worse shape, and are more likely to be taking steps to actively prepare for the virus.
Within the LGBTQ community, many at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities are at even higher risk of facing the economic fallout from COVID-19. HRC released data in May documenting the disproportionate impact of both the virus and its economic consequences on LGBTQ people of color, who are more likely than their white LGBTQ counterparts to have become unemployed or reduced their work hours. New data, released in partnership with PSB Research, now demonstrates the real, devastating economic impact of COVID-19 on the transgender community, especially transgender people of color.