LGBTIQ+ experiences of Covid-19

Learning from LGBTIQ+ experiences of COVID-19 in the UK and Brazil for more inclusive crisis strategies.

Dr Billy Tusker Haworth, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute 

Socio-economically marginalised groups are more vulnerable during crises, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer+ (LGBTIQ+) populations. Yet, their experiences, needs and capacities are not adequately included in crisis management strategies.  

Based on interviews with a diverse range of LGBTIQ+ people in the UK and Brazil during COVID-19, this work helps to understanding the experiences of gender and sexual minorities during crises. The research increases awareness and highlights diversity that must be considered in future public health responses. This includes unique vulnerabilities experienced across LGBTIQ+ populations, but also resilience and coping capacities that can be better harnessed and supported to develop and implement more nuanced and inclusive social, health and humanitarian policies and strategies. 

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