The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated long-standing inequities, both in the United States and throughout the world. As studies emerge to help us understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on every facet of modern life, it is critical that the effect of the pandemic on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities not be overlooked. While some pioneering studies analyzing the impacts of the pandemic upon LGBTQIA+ communities have been conducted, and some efforts are being made to collect data which can impact the development of policy, reliable data resources are limited to a few enterprising states, and this data has not been systematically shared with public policy-makers or with the public to date. COVID-19, the LGBTQIA+ Community, and Public Policy explores precisely how the pandemic has affected these communities and what concrete steps need to be taken to ameliorate its effects.

As the chapters in this book demonstrate, the unusual nature of the pandemic has significantly impacted state and local LGBTQIA+ infrastructure, leading to closure of some institutions and reductions in functioning for many others. The contributors examine the ways the pandemic has highlighted preexisting challenges on accessing adequate healthcare (including mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment), employment, education, secure housing, and other societal resources. Together, these chapters present a state-of-the-field overview of health disparities in the LGBTQIA+ community, and demonstrate the particular need for serious, timely, public policy interventions.

chapter 1|17 pages

An International Pandemic, Misinformation, and Policy Harms

ByChristopher R. Surfus

chapter 2|11 pages

The Policy Process

ByWallace Swan

chapter 3|6 pages

The Civic Culture Reconfigured

ByWallace Swan

chapter 4|25 pages

Lgbtqia Issues Facing the New Administration

Employment, Medical Care, Personal Finances, and Hunger
ByLorenda A. Naylor

chapter 6|4 pages

Jobs for the Lgbtq Community

ByWallace Swan

chapter 7|4 pages

Immigration, Covid-19, and the Lgbtqia Community

ByWallace Swan

chapter 8|9 pages

Lgbtq+ Mental Health and Covid-19

ByWallace Swan

chapter 9|7 pages

Covid-19 and the Impact on Lgbt Disabled Americans

ByChristopher R. Surfus

chapter 10|24 pages

Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Lgbtq Prison Population

ByDallas S. Drake

chapter 11|10 pages

Covid-19 and Substance use Among Lgbtq+ People

ByClaire M. Burgess, Ankur Srivastava, Abigail W. Batchelder

chapter 13|22 pages

The Pandemic's Impact on Lgbtqia+ Centers and Service Organizations

ByAl C. Johnson-Manning

chapter 14|10 pages

The Lgbtqia Community Effort to Define Sogi

A State-by-State Summary of Data Collection
ByWallace Swan

chapter 15|6 pages

From Sogi (Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity) Data Collection to Vaccine Promotion

The Journey of LGBTQ+ Health Activism during COVID-19
ByAdrian Shanker

chapter 16|3 pages

The Minnesota Experience

ByJeremy Hanson Willis

chapter 17|8 pages

Utilizing State-Level Risk Factor Data to Analyze Covid-19 Risk and Impact Among Lgbtqi+ Pennsylvanians

ByChristina J. Graham, Jennifer D. Keith, Adrian Shanker, Mara Aussendorf, Katie Suppes

chapter 19|22 pages

Arm in Arm

LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Vaccine Equity and Coalition-Building
ByKaylin C. Gray, Mardell J. Moore

chapter 21|30 pages

Public Health Care Policy Needs more than a Vaccine

ByPaula Overby

chapter 22|8 pages

Reclaiming our Time

From Discrimination to Dignity
ByChristopher R. Surfus

chapter |2 pages


A Fault Line in American Public Health: From AIDS to COVID-19, to Monkeypox
ByWallace Swan

chapter |4 pages


ByWallace Swan