This news article presents the findings of a survey that targeted members of the LGBT community to understand their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The survey was met with a large global response (20,000+ individuals from nearly 140 countries), with a significant number of respondents from Russia, Turkey, France, Indonesia, Thailand and Brazil.
Overall, the survey found that the LGBT community has experienced significant challenges as a result of COVID-19 pandemic responses. These challenges include accessing healthcare, specifically HIV/AIDS care; livelihoods and monetary income, especially for the 13% of respondents who earned income from sex work prior to the pandemic; and age-differentiated challenges.
This article points to an area of global concern around the specific impacts of COVID-19 and pandemic response on the LGBT community. This article highlights the importance of new technologies–such as mobile healthcare–that should be investigated to support the LGBT community.