Data Shows How COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacts Latinx LGBTQ People

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused thousands of people to lose their jobs or experience a cut in their hours. Research has demonstrated that LGBTQ+ individuals are among the most impacted groups in the United States. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, LGBTQ+ people face disproportionate poverty and unemployment rates compared to their straight and cisgender counterparts.

These key findings build on previous reports by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which have confirmed similar effects of COVID-19 in other marginalized communities. For example, about 20.97% of COVID-19 deaths have been Latines/as/os. Considering that Latines/as/os only account for 18.5% of the U.S. population (as estimated by the U.S. census), this number is excessively high.

But what about those whose identities are at the intersection of being LGBTQ+ and Latine/a/o? Recently, the HRC, in partnership with PSB Insights, released new data from their latest polling that shows that:

  • 40% of Latine LGBTQ respondents have had their work hours reduced due to COVID-19, compared to:
    • 32% of the Latine respondents
    • 27% of the LGBTQ respondents
    • 21% of the general sample population
  • 20% of Latine LGBTQ respondents have become unemployed due to COVID-19, compared to:
    • 16% of the Latine respondents
    • 15% of the LGBTQ respondents
    • 11% of the general sample population
  • 20% of Latine LGBTQ respondents have taken unpaid leave since the onset of the pandemic, compared to:
    • 9% of the Latine respondents
    • 12% of the LGBTQ respondents
    • 6% of the general sample population

“This new research shows that Latinx LGBTQ people are suffering a disproportionate impact when it comes to the economic fallout of COVID-19. As we celebrate Latinx heritage month, we must acknowledge that those living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities face harsher consequences of the pandemic. Policymakers must take heed and provide equitable relief solutions commensurate to the challenges that LGBTQ people of color are facing,” said Alphonso B. David, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

The HRC also discussed the material consequences of these economic hardships in Latine LGBTQ’s households:

  • 38% of Latinx LGBTQ respondents made a change to their household budget, compared to:
    • 33% of the Latinx respondents
    • 30% of the LGBTQ respondents
    • 26% of the general sample population
  • 22% of Latinx LGBTQ respondents took more cash out of the bank, compared to:
    • 16% of the Latine respondents
    • 18% of the LGBTQ respondents
    • 13% of the general sample population
  • 18% of Latinx LGBTQ respondents have checked to see if their account has overdraft, compared to:
    • 13% of the Latinx respondents
    • 14% of the LGBTQ respondents
    • 10% of the general sample population
  • 13% of Latine LGBTQ respondents have asked for delays in paying their rent, compared to:
    • 9% of the Latine respondents
    • 11% of the LGBTQ respondents
    • 7% of the general sample population

As the economic impact of COVID-19 hits vulnerable populations — such as Latinx LGBTQ people — the hardest, COVID-19 cases continue to increase in most states of the U.S., and death rates are rising every day. Meanwhile, a second stimulus check (in over eight months of the pandemic) has yet to arrive at the homes of families in need.