Survey shows the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on LGBT communities

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This news article is relevant for humanitarian and development practitioners working with LGBT people and communities around the world, and especially for those involved in pandemic response and healthcare; this article highlights the specific challenges faced by the LGBT community in the face of restrictions.

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.

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"...the measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 epidemic have had a significant impact on the health and economic security of a significant minority of respondents from the LGBT community."

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