Queer Americans hit hardest by COVID-19 shutdown: Report

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A new Human Rights Campaign reports shocking data about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: LGBTQ Americans are the population hardest hit by the economic collapse due to the social distance lockdown.

Reuters reports that queer Americans are 30% more likely than their straight counterparts to have lost their jobs since May. Figures also show that LGBTQ people are 20% more likely to have had their hours cut.

“As some communities start to go back to work … we’re seeing that LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color and transgender people, are being left behind,” HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement. “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.”

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Perhaps it comes as no surprise, but figures rise when examining the effect on LGBTQ people of color. 44% of queer people of color report having their hours reduced. Black and Latino LGBTQ Americans are also 70% more likely to have lost their jobs than the general populace.

In addition to the job loss reports, 50% of LGBTQ people report taking a pay cut due to economic woes during the pandemic. When confined to queer people of color, that number increases by 150%.

Though the COVID-19 outbreak has wreaked international havoc, the United States has been hardest hit by the pandemic, largely due to the inaction of the Trump Administration and conflicting information coming out of government agencies. To date, the US has reported more than 6.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with deaths topping 187,000 at the time of this writing.