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Our LGBTQ Community & COVID-19

By Charlotte Robinson, March 12, 2020
Since the Trump administration is still not completely addressing COVID-19 as it continues to spread, over 100 national & local organizations have signed a letter to health & media outlets about how COVID-19 poses an increased risk our LGBTQ population providing specific steps to minimize any disparity. Dr. Scout, Deputy Director for the National LGBT Cancer Network stated, “As the media & health communities are pushed into overdrive about COVID-19, we need to make sure the most vulnerable among us are not forgotten. Our smoking rates alone make us extremely vulnerable & our access to care barriers only make a bad situation worse. This letter outlines simple steps to ensure no population is further stigmatized by a virus.” Dr. Scott Nass GLMA President added, “As an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of LGBTQ communities, we urge LGBTQ individuals to practice measures recommended by public health experts, such as frequent handwashing, to prevent the spread of this virus. At the same time, like our colleagues who joined the open letter, we call on public health officials to ensure the LGBTQ community is considered & included in the public health response to COVID-19 based on potential risk factors that exist in our community.” The letter was initiated by a coalition of six organizations: the National LGBT Cancer Network; GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality; Whitman-Walker Health; SAGE; New York Transgender Advocacy Group; & National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance. As the spread of COVID-19 increases many LGBTQ+ people are understandably concerned about how this virus may affect us & our communities since LGBTQ+ communities are among those who are particularly vulnerable to the negative health effects of this virus.
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