Who is Funding Economic Opportunity for LGBTQ Communities?

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Mark Laymon

Mark Laymon
Staff member
May 11, 2020
Who is Funding Economic Opportunity for LGBTQ Communities?
As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend life as we knew it, LGBTQ people are often uniquely impacted. With societies around the world taking unprecedented steps to slow the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve,” millions have lost their jobs as countless employers close up shop, many for good. With members of both the formal and informal economy finding themselves affected by shelter in place orders, a pandemic economy is taking shape as the nation is forced to acknowledge a vast subset of essential workers who are often overlooked in normal times. Workers now deemed essential – disproportionately women, people of color, and immigrants – continue to risk exposure to illness, often without adequate pay or access to healthcare. This pandemic is a public health crisis to be sure but it is also an impending economic disaster, one made worse by the simmering inequality ailing the American economy.

Now months into this unprecedented crisis, we stare down a likely severe economic downtown and profound economic uncertainty in the months and years ahead. We also know that for many LGBTQ people, already dealing with well documented economic disparities, this crisis will hit particularly hard.