KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBT People

The latest report from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and finds that larger shares of LGBT adults report economic losses and mental health struggles than their non-LGBT counterparts.


Based on data gathered on self-identified LGBT and non-LGBT individuals over two months, some of the key differences include:

Economic impact. Most LGBT adults say that they or a household member lost a job or income due to the pandemic (56%), which compares to 44% of non-LGBT adults.

Mental health. Three quarters (74%) of LGBT people say worry and stress from the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health, compared to half (49%) of non-LGBT people. LGBT people are also more than twice as likely to say this negative impact has been major (49% to 23%).

Vaccine intentions. LGBT people are about as eager to get vaccinated as other Americans but more view it as a part of everyone's responsibility to protect the public health (75%) rather than a personal choice (24%). Non-LGBT individuals are about as equally likely to say it is part of everyone's responsibility (48%) and a personal choice (49%)


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