Queers and pandemics, past, present, and forever: LGBTQ+ health vulnerabilities and public health visibility

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This brief article is relevant for practitioners engaged in COVID-19 response and data generation as it provides evidence that data generation is an immediate concern.

This brief paper is part of a series of Working Papers, published through McMaster University, on COVID-19 and its impacts on marginalised groups. The paper provides a brief overview of the state of play as of May 2020 in regards to COVID-19 and populations most and least impacted by the pandemic, as well as the rapid changes in information and data that have occurred in the past 4 months. The paper then points to the significant gaps in healthcare infrastructure in Canada whereby sexual and gender minorities are left out. The mental health impacts of COVID-19 and required social distancing, especially on the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. The paper concludes with a very brief summary of the researchers’ upcoming work to gather and summarise novel data on COVID-19 in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

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"Our Chief Public Health Officer has acknowledged that our public health surveillance infrastructure lacks tools to understand COVID-19’s impact on marginalized communities, including SGMs. Nevertheless, we know from previous research that 2SLGBTQIA+ people are particularly vulnerable to the negative consequences of social isolation (Meyer et al., 2003; Gonzales et al., 2017)."

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This brief paper is part of a series of Working Papers, published through McMaster University, on COVID-19 and its impacts on marginalised groups. The paper provides a brief overview of the state of play as of May 2020 in regards to COVID-19 and populations most and least impacted by the pandemic, as well as the rapid changes in information and data that have occurred in the past 4 months. The paper then points to the significant gaps in healthcare infrastructure in Canada whereby sexual and gender minorities are left out. The mental health impacts of COVID-19 and required social distancing, especially on the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. The paper concludes with a very brief summary of the researchers’ upcoming work to gather and summarise novel data on COVID-19 in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.