LGBTQ Americans have higher rate of unemployment during pandemic, worse for those of color: survey

David Caplan
May 12, 2020 - 5:14 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans are more likely to be laid off or have their work hours reduced because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study by the Human Rights Campaign and PSB Research.

According to the study by the LGBTQ advocacy group and the research firm, 17 percent of LGBTQ Americans lost their jobs because of cornavirus, compared to 13 percent of the general population.

And it's an even bleaker picture for LGBTQ Americans of color: 22 percent of said they job because of the pandemic, compared to 14 percent of the white LGBTQ Americans surveyed.

"It is unfortunate, but not surprising, to see how COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ community,” Elizabeth Bibi, the campaign’s senior communications adviser, told NBC News. “Understanding the impact this virus is having on our community is crucial so that we can be best prepared to weather this crisis and work together on how to recover."

So how are LGBTQ Americans' bank accounts faring? They could be better: According to the survey, 42 percent of said their financial situation was "somewhat or much worse off now than one year ago," compared to 36 percent of non-LGBTQ people.

Because of  this, LGBTQ Americans are spending less and adjusting household budgets, and taking more precautions, according to the HRC. In turn, they are taking more steps to protect themselves, such as purchasing masks, speaking with doctors and avoiding public transportation.