HRC Study Finds LGBTQ Employment Impacted by Pandemic

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday September 4, 2020

Forbes reports that the Human Rights Campaign and PSB Insights recently conducted a study on the disproportionated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ people versus non-LGBTQ people.

The study found that LGBTQ people are at risk because of lack of "access to sufficient medical care," working in "industries affected by the pandemic," and could potentially face homelessness.

With many states in various stages of reopening, the biggest impact on LGBTQ people is through pay cuts, decreases in hours, and job loss. Reportedly, LGBTQ people are about "50% more likely than the general population to have taken pay cuts."he study also finds:

- LGBTQ people are 20% more likely to have work hours reduced
- LGBTQ POC are 44% more likely to impacted by hours reductions
- And, transgender people impacted by 125%


- LGBTQ are 30% more likely to lose their jobs
- Where LGBTQ POC are 70% more likely
- And, bisexual people are impacted by 80%

HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement:

"As some communities start to go back to work, many times in fear and without choice, we're seeing that LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color and transgender people, are being left behind.

"Moreover, LGBTQ people who are able to return to work are taking pay cuts in order to do so. The data continues to reinforce what we already know — that the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is not over because the pandemic is not over, especially for communities who were already marginalized in this country. Without leadership from the highest office of the land, we must make sure that elected officials at all levels are ensuring that LGBTQ people, especially the members of the community who are living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities, receive the support they need."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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