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In partnership with PSB Insights, the Human Rights Campaign has been tracking the economic impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community. While previous data spoke to the impact of COVID-19 on people of color, new data, released once again in partnership with PSB Insights demonstrates the unique economic impact of COVID-19 specifically on Black LGBTQ communities.
Black LGBTQ people are employed in some of the industries most highly affected by the pandemic. Many are frontline workers. 20% of food service workers, janitors, cashiers and stockers are Black and nearly 20% of LGBTQ adults work in food service, restaurants or retail. Black communities have also experienced some of the worst losses since the onset of the virus. As of July 22, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly a quarter (23%) of COVID-19 deaths have been Black individuals, despite Black individuals making up only 13% of the United States population. In other words, the percent of deaths from COVID-19 that are Black individuals is 77% greater than the percent of Black people in the United States. This underscores how Black communities are being disproportionately affected by this pandemic.