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- Many LGBTQ+ people work in industries heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
- New research shows LGBTQ+ people are more likely to be bracing for economic losses.
- LGBTQ+ people are also at high risk for contracting COVID-19.
While some states have begun reopening businesses, the economic cost of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt for years to come, especially by those in disenfranchised communities.
New research from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and PSB Research shows that LGBTQ+ people are more likely to have had their work hours cut and feel their personal finances are worse off than before the coronavirus pandemic. The data was collected in an online poll of 1,000 adults in the United States between April 15 and 16 and is weighted to U.S. Census demographic targets and HRC-advised targets.
Twelve percent of the LGBTQ+ population has become unemployed, close to the 14 percent unemployment rate of the general population, and 30 percent have had their work hours reduced, more than the 22 percent of the general population.
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At the same time, they’re more likely to be taking steps to actively prepare for the virus, spending less, adjusting their household budgets and taking precautions. A high risk population, LGBTQ+ people are more likely to work in highly affected industries, smoke and have preexisting conditions, but less likely to have health coverage.
With these concerns, the survey found that LGBTQ+ people are paying more attention to the news than the general population, as well as avoiding public transportation, purchasing masks and speaking with doctors or medical professionals. They are also more likely to trust public health and medical authorities than the general population, but are less likely to trust President Trump.
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