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LGBT+ People and COVID-19

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has affected everybody in one way or another around the world, and continues to do so.

Writing this Winter 2020 and nearly a year on, with vaccines in the pipeline, we have a much better understanding of how COVID-19 has affected groups of people and communities within society, the frail and elderly (residents living in care homes), BAME communities, and the LGBT+ communities, for example.

Research studies including LGBT in Britain, Stonewall (2018); Hidden Figures, LGBT Foundation (2020); and LGBT+ Health Inequalities, UK Parliament (2018)  clearly evidence that LGBT+ people have less favourable health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts. These impacts have increased markedly under COVID-19 as LGBT+ people have virtually no access to their (street) communities, and (already stretched) LGBT+ services and mainstream services.

With this in mind, we have pulled together articles about how COVID-19 has affected LGBT+ people though we should also say that we have also been resilient, imaginative, inclusive, and supportive in ways we could not have imagined in 2019.

 'I had to hide myself again': young LGBT people on their life in UK lockdown | The Guardian | 5 Aug 2020
 Lockdown having 'pernicious impact' on LGBT community's mental health | The Guardian | 5 Aug 2020
 LGBT: Covid-19 forced me back home where I'm 'unwanted' | BBC News | 31 May 2020
 Why LGBT people are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 | LGBT Foundation | 20 May 2020
 How COVID-19 is affecting LGBT communities | Stonewall | 21 Apr 2020

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the LGBT community | Wikipedia
How COVID-19 is affecting LGBTQIA+ young people living in Scotland | LGBT Youth Scotland

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