A KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION report published on Thursday showed that a higher percentage of LGBT claim they’ve lost jobs and seen their mental health deteriorate since the pandemic than non-LGBTQ individuals. The study also discovered that LGBT persons are more interested in taking vaccination against COVID-19 as accountability than non-LGBT persons.
The LGBT Community Claims Loss Of Work And Suffering From Mental Health Consequences
According to a scientist and KFF Assistant to the Director of HIV Policy Lindsey Dawson, “extremely little evidence” exists on how the pandemic has affected LGBTQ+ people. According to her, KFF conducted the report to verify with the affected population a year after the outbreak began. It’s focused on 174 people recognize as LGBT who were interviewed between December and January.
According to the survey, 56 percent of LGBT grown-ups and 44 percent of non-LGBT adults said they or someone they met had been laid off from their job at the moment the pandemic started. Furthermore, three-quarters of LGBT people believe the pandemic has had a negative effect on their mental status, with 49 percent claiming it has had a significant impact. Just 23% of non-LGBT people said the negative effect was significant because 49% of LGBT people said the same thing.
Furthermore, contrary to 23% of non-LGBT people, one-third among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults believe the press exaggerated the virus’s seriousness. Although both LGBT and non-LGBT adults are “concerned” or “slightly concerned” about getting sick from coronavirus, a higher percentage of LGBT adults have expressed a willingness to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
While both LGBT and non-LGBT people tend to get vaccinated, 75 percent of LGBT adults think it is everyone’s duty to get vaccinated, compared to 48 percent of non-LGBT adults. Vaccination is used as a personal decision by 49 percent of non-LGBT people versus 24 percent of LGBT people.
Dawson says, “There may be a variety of causes for that.” “Certainly one might be that LGBT persons have the contact of another global health crisis: HIV, which… actually necessitated public health interventions to curtail, both to affect in our own and others’ welfare.”
Dawson, on the other hand, points out that LGBT adults differ from non-LGBT adults in many ways: they are smaller, have lower earnings, and classify as Democrats, both of which may explain the disparities in responses. According to KFF, the study’s findings suggest that governments should consider direct outreach to LGBT communities to have them vaccinated. This is especially is important since these individuals might face obstacles to medical care. In doctor’s offices, some LGBT people say they don’t feel safe or respected.
Any LGBTQ+ activists have also taken action to target vaccination campaigns at queer people, including vaccinations in identity- and gender-affirming environments. Since undertaking its study I December and January, one company in Boulder, Colorado, is planning to open its vaccine platform.
According to Mardi Moore, executive director of Out Boulder, the study was undertaken in part to address a data vacuum about how LGBTQ+ people did during the pandemic, according to KFF. And, like Dawson, she believes that vaccination messaging can come from trustworthy LGBTQ+ messengers, like herself, who has recently been vaccinated.
“Right now, our biggest ambassadors are people who have had the vaccine who will talk concerning it,” she adds. “It was easy, fast, and didn’t cost me much. They didn’t inquire for my ID, and my arm was a little sore for only a few days.”